As a witness of the vicissitudes of modern Shanghai, the Bund embraces a great number of time-honored and modern buildings. It showcases the various architectural styles of different countries. At night, these buildings along the Bund are bathed with a flood of colorful lights creating a sight to behold.
World Architecture at the Bund
Nicknamed the “Gallery of World Architecture”, the Bund is a symbol of Shanghai, it has dozens of historical buildings of various architectural styles, lining the Huangpu River which once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia and others. When night falls and the lights go on
Three on the Bund
Three on the Bund is a celebration of contemporary living where art, culture, food, fashion and wellness converge to inspire a richer life. The stunningly transformed neoclassical 1916 building is home to four unique restaurants, the Giorgio Armani flagship store, Space by Three private events space, Evian Spa by Three and the Shanghai Gallery of Art.
People’s Square is the site of Shanghai’s municipal government building and is a large public square just off of Nanjing Rd. in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. It is used as the standard reference point for measurement of distance in Shanghai. Prominent landmarks on and around the square include Shanghai City Hall, Shanghai Grand Theater, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and People’s Park.
Shanghai Grand Theater
Designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier, the Shanghai Grand Theater is a visually striking building located in the Huangpu District. The 10-story building opened in 1998 and has become an iconic building that helps render the People’s Square virtually the city’s center of politics and culture. From its interior to the exterior, the building is enchanting – at night, it resembles a crystal palace with a white arc-shaped roof strewn atop a light-sensitive glass curtain wall.
With photographic exhibitions of Shanghai old and new, a fantastically detailed model of the way Shanghai will look in the decades to come, the Shanghai Museum is fascinating.
Nanjing Rd. Pedestrian Walkway
Famed as the “No. 1 Street in China,” Nanjing Road is an epitome of Shanghai’s history and culture with a pedestrian walkway that lies between the Bund and the People’s Square. There are 600 shops on both sides of the walkway, including antique shops, brand name, and specialty shops of different trades.
Xintiandi means “New Heaven and Earth”, and is considered one of the first lifestyle centers in China. A car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai, Xintiandi is composed of an area of restored traditional shikumen (“stone gate”) houses on narrow alleys, a modern shopping mall with a cinema complex, and some adjoining houses which now serve as bookstores, cafes and restaurants. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seating. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places. Xintiandi is near the site of the First Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Houses in Xintiandi were restored when similar Shikumen in the surrounding area were demolished. The houses in Xintiandi were restored, and now house art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Xintiandi is mainly targeted towards overseas visitors, especially tourists from Hong Kong, who seek to experience the romanticized atmosphere of old Shanghai. As a result, prices in this area are high, even by international standards. Dinning or shopping in this area is considered a status symbol by affluent local residents. Many tour groups both domestic and international also visit Xintiandi as one of the main attractions in Shanghai.
A famous classical garden in south China, Yuyuan Garden was once famed as the “top beauty in southeast China.” First built during the Ming Dynasty, 400 years ago, by a Sichuan minister of finance named Pan Yunduan, it has been renovated several times by the government since the Liberation and is now one of the key relic sites in the country under state protection.
The garden is divided into the scenic sections such as “Mountains and Forests in the City,” “Magnificent Woods and Beautiful Valleys,” “Historical Relics of Heralding Spring,” “Water and Rockery Scenery,” “Tops in the World” and the Inner Garden.
Yuyuan Commercial City
Yuyuan Commercial City has become a hot spot for tourism, shopping and investment. It consists of the famous classical Yuyuan Garden, the Old City God Temple, and the historical relic temple of Chengxiangge. A large number of Ming and Qing dynasty-style buildings, together with the Nine-Cornered Zigzag Bridge, Midlake Pavilion and Lotus Pond all combine to form a memorable scene for tourists during the day and at night when Yuyuan Commercial City’s lights glistens.
Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center is a mixed-used skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground falls. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component of the building and is also the highest in the world. When it opened in 2008, the Shanghai World Financial Center had the accolade for the highest roof in China. It has three observation decks at 1,388 feet (94th floor), 1440 feet (97th floor), and 1,555 feet (100th floor)!
Lujiazui Central Green Belt
The Lujiazui Central Green is covered by a year-round turf and in the center of it is a man-made lake that resembles a map of the Pudong New Area. The magnolia shaped pathway and the lake look like the city emblem of Shanghai. At the entrance is a group of huge steel sculptures named Spring, which resemble eight flowers in full bloom. A key scene of the Central Green is the spurting fountains, which consist of a main and spurting-into-the-sky fountain surrounded by two circles of subsidiary fountains.
One of Shanghai’s most symbolic buildings of the 21st century, the Jinmao Tower is an 88-story super high-rise. Completed in 1998, it is the second highest building in China.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a top-rated tourist attraction and the second tallest in Asia. Offering sightseeing, catering, shopping, amusement, accommodations, and TV broadcast, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, is a multifunctional building that has become the symbol of Shanghai.
Jade Buddha Temple
This Buddhist temple was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported from Burma by the Monk Huigen during the Qing Dynasty. Today there are plenty to see and many beautiful Buddha statues to explore.
Tian Zi Workshop
An old factory in the 1950’s, the Tian Zi Workshop building was renovated in 2000. Today it features interior designing, visual art, arts and crafts domestically and abroad.