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Things to do in Shanghai

For Shanghai's many attractions we have created a tourist guide on things to do in Shanghai:

Start out engaging in the traditional atmosphere of the Old City and visit the Yu Gardens and Bazaar. Circled within People’s Road you can get a glimpse of historical China sprawling with small shops and beautifully traditional buildings with curled roofs. While prices in the Old City have increased, it remains a popular destination for locals, rural Shanghai visitors and tourists alike. Begin your Old City tour at the Ming dynasty Yu Gardens and work your way around the stalls, ponds and traditional gardens.

Following Zhongshan East Road to the east, head up to the promenade masterpiece, the Bund. Join the crowds that swarm to the riverside or opt for a viewing point at one of the promenades restaurants. People watching is a favourite pastime here with mass crowds and river traffic gliding along the Huangpu River.

From here, head north and then west along Nanjing East Road to reach the Nanjing Road Shopping Centre. It is a 10km stretch of department stores, cinema complexes and beauty salons. During your shopping experience be sure to visit the Sun Department store which attracts a massive 100,000 shoppers daily!

Once you tire of the shopping crowds and stores, head further west to the People’s Park and Square. Here you can take a gentle stroll while admiring the skyscrapers that envelope it. The People’s Square is also home to the white aluminium building of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. This is a fascinating exhibition centre displaying Shanghai’s development over the years, tracing some of its major projects. Many come especially to see the floor devoted to the scaled model of the city. Just as entertaining is the theatre decked out with a 360° screen which shows a flythrough of the future Shanghai.

Almost at the end of Nanjing West Road is the Jing’an Temple, the Temple of Tranquillity. It was fully rebuilt in 2006 and since many have come to worship and pray at this Buddhist shrine.

Hang north from here and venture north to the Jade Buddha Temple, one of Shanghai’s most famous temples. Displaying two large jade Buddha statues bought in from Burma, and with 100 monks, it is a fabulous example of a Buddha temple. If visiting, remember that photography is not allowed.

If you are able to take a trip outside the confines of the city, it can be fascinating to relocate to a place that resembles more of ancient China. Just a couple of hours out of Shanghai is Nanxun, a canal town that has escaped the majority of tourist tours. With old villas and arched bridges, old China comes back to life.

Other places to seek out and spend some time at include the Shanghai World Financial Centre which houses the world’s highest hotel and spectacular observatory, Dongtai Road where antiques are abundant and Fuxing Park where you will find people from all walks of life (literally). Be sure to experience a meal or drink up in one of the fantastic skyscrapers and at least once take the magnetic levitation train that runs from the city to the airport (be prepared for 430km/hr speeds!)