When visiting Shanghai, one can travel to the past and present all in one day. The city is divided into two districts on opposite sides of the Huang Pu River. Pu Xi (west of the river) is known as “Old Shanghai” and Pu Dong (east of the river) is known as “New Shanghai”.
In Pu Xi, one can travel back to the colonial days of the city. one well known site is the Bund, where examples of early 20th century architecture can be seen. Another popular site, when one is looking for a tranquil rest stop, is the YuYuan Garden. This is a typical Chinese garden, which is also the site of a famous Buddhist shrine. Residing it this shrine are the White Jade Buddas, which were brought from Burma. In addition to these sites, there are many other places where the visitor can enjoy Shanghai’s past, including the Shanghai Municipal History Museum.
A visit to Pu Dong, the “New Shanghai”, brings one back to the present. The most visible sign of the modern Shanghai is the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. This tower, standing on the edge of the Huangpu River opposite the Bund, measures 468 meters high. This makes it one of the tallest towers in Asia. For those who like to shop, one must plan to visit Nanjing Road. This world famous area is the home to one of the largest communities of shops in the city. Another example of this area’s present day ventures is the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, a change from the architecture found across the river in Pu Xi.