Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai Besides World Expo 2010
I know some of our readers are planning to visit Shanghai for World Expo 2010 (Big Picture by Boston.com). Despite some congestion, overcrowded pavilions and long queues right now, I am sure the Expo will be one of unforgettable events in your life time. However, as the largest and wealthiest city in China, Shanghai has many other attractions you might not want to miss. Here I list ten of them, hope they will make your shanghai trip even more enjoyable.
1. The Oriental Pearl Tower 东方明珠
A TV tower at 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in China from 1994–2007. It attracts over three million visitors each year. Its revolving restaurant at the 267 m (876 ft) level is the highest in Asia.
2. Lujiazui Financial District 陆家嘴
the only finance and trade zone among the 185 state-level development zones in mainland China. It lies directly across the river from the Bund, the old financial and business district of Shanghai
3. The Bund 外滩
One of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. The Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco. They are historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Russia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the consulates of Russia and Britain, a newspaper, the Shanghai Club and the Masonic Club.
4. City God Temple (Chegnhuang Miao) 城隍庙
City God Temple forms the core of the old city of Shanghai, China. Today the “City God Temple” not only refers to the large temple complex, but also the traditional district of commerce in the city, surrounding the temple. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, and most of these store buildings are nearly a century old.
5. Yuyuan Garden 豫园
First established in 1559 as a private garden by a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty, it is considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.
6. Tianzifang/Xintiandi – shanghai alleys 田子坊 新天地
At Tianzifang, you can get a sense of original old style of Shanghai alleys; and in Xintiandi, an area of restored traditional shikumen (“stone gate”) houses on narrow alleys, you can enjoy one of the first lifestyle centers in China.
7. Suzhou Creek 苏州河
Due to its location in the former International Settlement, a number of landmarks from that period can be found along or close to Suzhou Creek. Suzhou Creek is crossed by a number of distinctive bridges, often European in style, the most famous one being Waibaidu Bridge right at its confluence with Huangpu River.
8. Nanjing Road 南京路
The main shopping street of Shanghai, China, and is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets.
9. Pudong International Airport 浦东机场
Your first impression of Shanghai will be this airport, 3rd busiest airport in the world in terms of freight traffic, and the 3rd busiest airport in mainland China.
10. Yangshan Deep Water Port 洋山深水港
Connected by Donghai Bridge, the second-longest ocean bridge in the world at 42 km in length, Yangshan Deep Water Port is built on the offshore islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan, which have been amalgamated by land reclamation. So far, it is the busiest port in China, and by 2012, it will become the busiest port in the world surpassing Port of Singapore.
There are a few other attractions I did not include here. Welcome to leave a comment if you prefer to mention some other attractions.