Shanghai is called "hu" or "shen" for short. Located at the outlet where the Yangtze River empties into the sea, Shanghai is the gate of the Yangtze River valley. The city has a comfortable climate and distinctive seasonal changes.
Shanghai is a municipality directly under the central government. It has an area of 6,340 sq km and a population of 13.79 million. Shanghai is a financial, trade and shipping center, a comprehensive industrial base and a well-known historical and cultural city in China.
Shanghai is famous for its bustling metropolis atmosphere and rich cultural resources at home and abroad. Shanghai has attracted more and more Chinese and foreign tourists with its tourist attractions, such as the oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Mansion, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Theater and colorful celebrations and festivals, including the Shanghai Tourism Festival and China International Art-Festival.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel joins the East and West of the River. Travel by cable car with bright lights and modern music.
France or China – or perhaps a hint of both, this is the impression you will get when you visit this leafy and quiet district. The streets are flanked with trees from the middle of the 19th century when this area was developed very much with thoughts of Paris rather than Beijing. Streets, Houses and most significantly the Catholic St Ignatius Cathedral, will offer an insight to a time when Shanghai was a different city with different influence than it has today.
Huangpu River Cruise
The Huangpu River divides the East and West of the city of Shanghai. A river cruise is a relaxing way to see the city away from the throngs of the traffic. Either by day or night the river cruise allows you to marvel at this incredible city. A cruise is typically for 1-2 hours in duration.
Jade Buddha Temple
Still an active Buddhist temple today, the Jade Buddha Temple dates back to the turn of the 20th Century. See the reclining Buddha. Enjoy a Vegetarian Lunch on site.
Jin Mao Tower
Now the second tallest building in Shanghai and one of the top ten tallest buildings in the world, the Jin Mao Tower offers wonderful views of Shanghai. Located on the East side (Pudong) of the River, the tower looks back to the West (Pu Xi). Like its near neighbour the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao towers unique design stands out on the Shanghai skyline. The Grand Hyatt hotel is based within the Tower.
The most famous shopping road in a city full of shopping opportunities, Nanjing Road has long been considered China's golden mile. Starting at the Bund, passing through People's Square and finishing in the western suburbs 5 kms later, Nanjing Road has the lot; department stores, historic buildings and restaurants galore.
Oriental Pearl Tower
Easily the most famous landmark in Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower was opened in 1995. With its unique domes, the Pearl Tower lights up at night like a giant Disco ball. The Oriental Pearl Tower stands over 460 metres high and is complete with a viewing deck offering great views of both East and West Shanghai.
Shanghai Acrobatics are world famous and a visit to this incredible city is enhanced with a chance to enjoy this wonderful art. Enjoy incredible skill and flexibility – as you are thrilled by experts of a craft still highly regarded within China. Be entertained and embrace traditional culture, all at the same time!
Situated in People's Park, Shanghai Museum is one of the finest museums in China. Housed over 4 levels, each of the 16 rooms focuses on a different part of China's vast history: calligraphy, Ming furniture, ethnic costumes, bronze sculptures, coins pottery etc.
Populated by the beautiful Art Deco buildings of the European, British and American banks that settled here in the 1930s, the Bund is the best way to experience the city's colonial past. Situated on the banks of the Huang Pu River, there is something happening on the Bund every moment of the day; from locals doing tai chi in the early morning mist to families parading along the strip under the neon lights at night.
Bund 18 was the headquarters of the Standards Bank in China. Today after several years’ renovation, it becomes one of the famous places for dining, entertainment and meeting. On the first and second floors there are brand fashion shops, as well as accessories and jewelry shops. The headquarters of Zegna is on the third floor. The Creative Center on the 4th floor provides a platform for creativity and art to interact and integrate. Restaurants and Bar on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors offer Chinese and western food.
A historic space on the illustrious Bund has been transformed into Shanghai’s premier showcase for contemporary Chinese lifestyle. Situated in an ornate building designed in Free Renaissance style, Three On the Bund has now been transformed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves into a refined celebration of contemporary Chinese lifestyle. Featuring the best in dining, cultural events, spa treatments, and boutique shopping, it is home to 4 award-winning restaurants, including Jean Georges and Nougatine on 4th Floor, Whampoa Club on 5th Floor, New Heights on 7th Floor, while also housing HOW Boutique Wine Bar and Copula on its top floor, Space by Three private events venue and the Evian Spa by Three on 2nd Floor, the Shanghai Gallery of Art and its store on 3rd Floor, Giorgio Armani’s China flagship store, Armani/Casa, and the European luxury leather goods brand MCM on the 1st Floor.
Urban Planning Exibitiion Hall
Shanghai's development has been meticulously planned for decades to come; you can see it all with an incredible scale model of the city, now and in the future. Discover the Shanghai of yesterday, today and tomorrow in this six storey interactive experience. Located close to peoples square and Shanghai Museum.
Translating as 'New Earth' Xintiandi is a vibrant area of central Shanghai filled with up market bars, cafes and restaurants. The setting is within traditional Shikumen Houses (Stone Gate houses) threaded through narrow alley ways. Although you are in the heart of the new China, the flavour is very international.
Yu Yuan Gardens
Once you've entered into the grounds of this 500 year old classical Chinese garden, you'll instantly forget that you are surrounded by a city of 18 million people. Employing the four traditional concepts of water, building, rocks and plants, the Yu Yuan Gardens are a fine example of Ming garden design and are one of Shanghai's premier sights. Surrounding the gardens is the popular Yu Yuan bazaar, which showcases the beautiful designs of Shanghai's ancient houses.