Home to the world’s second tallest tower, Shanghai is at the forefront of economic development in China. The city is the most developed and largest metropolis of China’s mainland. Also known as the gateway to China, the city skyline is dotted with breathtaking skyscrapers that promise an adventure of a lifetime.
Along with all the modern architecture Shanghai has retained the echoes of the past by maintaining the colonial era buildings all across the city. The city promises an exotic experience and doesn’t fail to deliver.
Start your visit by taking a trip to the Oriental Pearl Tower of Shanghai. At a height of 468 meters, the observation deck at the top give gorgeous panoramic views that give you an insight into the blend of old and modern landmarks of the city. The see-through floor of the tower is a top tourist attraction and a truly exciting experience.
A stroll along the Riverside Promenade is an amazing way to watch the sunset over the beautiful Shanghai skyline. The mile-long stretch of land along the waterfront is home to buildings with Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles. You can also take a river boat ride along the Huangpu River and marvel at the distinctive contrast between the modern and old scenery.
Other interesting and historical landmarks worth a visit include the Jade Buddha Temple, the Jing'an Temple, and the Shanghai Natural History Museum. The Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar in the Shanghai Old City is a premier tourist sight providing shaded alcoves, pavilions, fragrant blossoms, and glittering pools teeming with tropical fishes. The industrial M50 art complex is a modern edgy art gallery showcasing contemporary emerging and established artists all over China.
About 50 km out of Shanghai is the ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town. Aged over 1700 years, the town is home to traditional Chinese-style residences and preserved bridges and is similar to the city of Venice in Italy. You can walk along the old streets exploring buildings dating back to the Qing Dynasty circa 1600s or take a boat ride to get a feel of the entire town along the winding waterways.
Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise, constituting up to 47% of the global luxury goods market. You can find top brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Burberry along with quaint little pop-up boutiques and cool vintage shops filled with local merchandise. The shoppers in Shanghai are spoilt for choice with an outrageous variety of options from antique art to Tibetan jewelry.
Shanghai calendar is jammed pack with events all year around to provide non-stop entertainment for all kinds of people. The city is packed with nightclubs, acrobatic shows, electro dance parties and all-night music venues.
The food is Shanghai is a standard in itself. The city has its own Michelin dining guide which proves just how awesome the cuisine options are. The local cuisine is famous for its freshness and typically includes fresh fish, shrimps, and savory sauces with bright colors and original flavors!
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