Cosmopolitan Shanghai is situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River and is China's biggest and most prosperous city. Rich in history and oozing vitality yet rivalling New York and Paris in terms of modernity, Shanghai is a wonderfully unique fusion of east and west.
Shanghai is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions in the world. Soaring skyscrapers reside next to gleaming shopping malls, luxurious hotels and prestigious arts centres, while underneath it all is the world's longest subway system. Yet old Shanghai has not disappeared and its charm can be found amongst the tree-lined streets, the imposing colonial buildings of the Bund and superb array of places to eat and drink.
The magnificent riverside Bund is one of old Shanghai's must see places. The mesmerising collection of grand colonial edifices, many of which house major banks and financial institutions, as well as many restaurants, bars, galleries and designer boutiques. It's a popular place to amble and enjoy the scenery of the Huangpu River, to watch early morning Tai Chi or relax at one of the restaurant or bar terraces whilst taking in the spectacular night view.
Another highlight of Shanghai is Yuyuan Gardens, which lie in the centre of the old city. Dating back to 1577, there are six main scenic areas which include shaded alcoves, glittering pools, ponds, cloisters, halls and pavilions. Other sights include the Shanghai Art Museum, Jade Buddha Temple and Xin Tian Di, a fashionable pedestrian street with restored Shikumen traditional houses, bars, restaurants and shops.
Across the river from the Bund is the new Pudong area, where Shanghai's reinvention first took hold in the early 1990s. The futuristic buildings are the main draw, including the Shanghai Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower, where you can ride to the top sphere for 360º views of the city. The Pudong also has its own riverside promenade, which while not as atmospheric as that across the water, does offer beautiful views of the Bund.
New in Shanghai for 2016, is Shanghai Disneyland Park, which opens in June and will bring an array of attractions and entertainment for all ages.
The premier shopping street, Nanjing Road, runs for over three miles and has over 600 outlets offering countless famous brands, upscale designer boutiques, traditional stores and speciality shops along with open-air bars and fast food outlets. International and Chinese cuisine is widely available throughout the city and is renowned for its lively nightlife scene, with a wide choice of pubs and clubs.
- Incredible architectural treasures
- Infamous Tiananmen Square
- Great Wall of China
- Cultural heritage
- Olympic venues
- Impressive skyline