Shanghai, located along the coast of the East China Sea and the southern banks of the mouth of the Yangtze River, is a city under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government. It is the largest metropolis in China and one of the most historically significant cities. It is a flourishing international metropolis, known worldwide for its highly developed industrial, commercial and financial components.
It has convenient land, air and sea transportation, rich tourist resources, as well as a vast variety of foods and recreational facilities.
Its total area is 2,448 square miles, of which the Pudong New Area occupies 202 square miles. It has a population of over 13 million people.
Shanghai is an ideal “shopping paradise.” Nanjing Road, known as “China’s No.1 Street,” the reconstructed Huaihai Road, Jinling Road, East and North Sichuan Road, the Yuyuan Garden shopping and tourist area, the Ever Bright City Commercial Center, Xujiahui Commercial Center, and Zhangyang Road Commercial Center in Pudong are all packed with rows of shops. Shanghai is also a paradise for gourmets. There are over a thousand restaurants serving the famous 16 styles of Chinese food, such as Beijing, Sichuan, Guangdong, Yangzhou, and Fujian. There is also French, Russian, Italian, English, German, Japanese, Indian and many other tantalizing types of foreign cuisine, genuine Muslim food and vegetarian food. In Shanghai you have the world at your fingertips.
Yuyuan Garden, built in the Ming and Qing styles, is the most famous classical garden in Shanghai. There are 40 scenic spots in the garden.
Temple of the Jade Buddha
The Yufo (Jade Buddha) Temple was built in 1882, but it still remains in perfect condition as a sanctuary of Zen Buddhism. The temple derived its name from a jade statue of Sakyamuni from Myanmar. The Buddha is in graceful posture and has a serene look on his face.
The Oriental Pearl Television Tower
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the new landmark in Shanghai, facing the Bund across the Huangpu River at Lujiazui. At a height of 1,535 feet, it is the tallest TV tower in Asia. An elevator whisks visitors to the tower’s observation deck at a height of 863 feet, where it has the best panoramic view of Shanghai. The tower is equipped with tourist service facilities, including eateries, shops, recreational centers and a hotel.
The Bund is an area located along the banks of the Huangpu River. The picturesque Bund is the symbol of Shanghai.
Longhua Temple was built in the year 242. It is the oldest and largest temple in Shanghai. It maintains the original features of the Song Dynasty’s Jialan Zan Sect seven-hall design. In the temple are kept Buddhist scripture, gold seals and Buddhist statues of the Tang, Five, Ming and Qing Dynasties. On every New Year’s Eve, the ceremony of “Striking the Longhua Evening Bell” is conducted here and is well known within China and abroad. The temple is also famous for its pagoda and its peach blossoms.
Yangpu and Nanpu Bridges
The 4.7 mile-long Yangpu Bridge and the 5.1 mile-long Nanpu Bridge are both double cable-stayed long-span suspension bridges. They are among the longest bridges in the world.
Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen
The great forerunner of China’s Democratic Revolution, Dr. Sun Yatsen, and his wife Madame Soong Ching Ling, lived and worked here during the revolution from 1918 to 1924. Here, Dr. Sun met with representatives of the Chinese Communist Party and brought about the first Nationalist-Communist coalition in history.
The 3.1 mile-long Nanjing Road is the busiest commercial center in Shanghai. Every day, more than 1 million people pay a visit. It is an ideal place for shopping, eating and recreation.
Shanghai is one of China’s biggest and busiest ports, and a most important industrial and commercial center. Its industrial products rank the best in quality in China. It has one of China’s two stock exchange markets. Its residents are known for their business talents, quick wit and sophistication. Its fashions and standards of products and services are more international than other Chinese cities.
This modern, top-notch museum contains more than 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archeological findings. Permanent exhibits feature bronzes, ceramics and paintings, among other artifacts. It also includes a library with 20,000 books, a conservation laboratory and a lecture hall. Audio tour is available in English and Japanese. The building itself is an architectural showpiece, resembling an ancient tripod when viewed sideways. The rooftop, with glassed dome, is modeled on a Han Dynasty mirror.
Grand View Garden, the former residences of Soong Ching Ling and Lu Xun, Guyi Garden, and Dianshan Lake
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