Shanghai

Harbourring Plaza,Shanghai
As a city in China, Shanghai is a mix of the old and the new. Shanghai is located along the coastline of China, facing the East China Sea. Due to its location, it boasts four seasons to its climate. The name Shanghai actually means “on the sea”. It had its beginnings as a fishing village, but has now grown into the largest city in China.

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.

Nanning Road at night
As can be seen, a visit to Shanghai offers something interesting for all visitors. Whether looking into the past or enjoying the present, all who visit China should make a point of making Shanghai part of their itinerary.