Shanghai is the largest city in China and is the financial and cultural center of the nation. It’s an excellent combination of the modern world and the traditional world and features ancient history as well as state-of-the-art modernization and technology.
There are hundreds of fantastic sites to visit in the city, with these being just 7 of the most popular.
1. Yu Garden and Bazaar
The Yu Garden is quite an exciting destination to explore. The entire surrounding area is made of traditional Chinese architecture, which gives off the aura of one of the world’s biggest Chinatowns. It consists of many interesting alley and lanes where you should be able to buy just about anything on your shopping list. You’ll also find some excellent tea houses on the way to the colourful and beautiful Yuyuan Garden.
2. Moganshan Road
Moganshan Road is where you’ll find the center of Shanghai’s thriving contemporary art scene. The area consists of numerous old warehouses and factories that have been transformed into art galleries close to Suzhou Creek. Some of China’s best artists have studios here; these include Ding Yi and Zhou Tiehai.
You should be able to watch some of the artists at work. One of the best and oldest galleries can be found at 50 Moganshan Road. This wonderful gallery is known as ShanghART, and showcases the best of China’s art world.
3. Fuxing Park
Shanghai is one of the best cities on the planet for exploring by foot. Fuxing Park is a prime example of this as it’s located in colonial-era neighbourhood known as French Concession. It’s filled with marvellous stuccoed villas and attractive sycamore trees. You’ll find a wide assortment of people in the park, making it an ideal place for people watching.
Close to the park you’ll come across a residence at seven Xiangshan Road, which is where Sun Yat-sen used to live; Yat-sen is regarded as the founding father of modern-day China. The house is filled with books and period furniture of old Shanghai. The area also features some fantastic old mansions that have been renovated into family homes.
4. The Shanghai Museum
China’s recorded history stretches back about 5,000 years and one of the best places to learn about it is the Shanghai Museum which you can find in the popular People’s Square. Some of the nation’s greatest treasures can be found here. There are numerous sections to the museum which feature exhibits dealing with things such as calligraphy, ceramics, and jades, etc. There’s so much to see here that it’ll take you a good half day to take it all in.
5. The Bund/Huangpu River
The Huangpu River basically divides Shanghai into east and west sections. You’ll find that many of the city’s top attractions are located along the banks of the river. On the east side, you’ll find the Bund district. This area features new commercial and finance buildings as well as those that were constructed back in the 1930s. Many of the buildings are built in a European style. It’s a popular spot at night time too as people love to walk along the riverside promenade.
6. The Vue Bar
The Vue Bar can be found in the Hyatt Hotel on the Bund. It’s located on the 32nd and 33rd floors of the building and offers some spectacular views of Shanghai. You’ll be able to witness the amazing waterfront as well as Pudong, the business district, and the mighty Huangpu River. The whole city looks quite futuristic from the Vue Bar and it also has daybeds as well as a whirlpool on its terrace which is great for the summer.
7. Confucius Temple
This complex is dedicated to Confucius and was constructed from 1368 to 1398 as a place to worship to the great thinker and educator known as Confucius. It was Shanghai’s top educational institution for many years. It’s made out of ancient stone and consists of close to 30 ancient buildings and 3 courtyards. The Confucius temple’s main building is known as Dacheng Hall which features a 1.5-ton bell. The temple is an amazing historical site to visit and is home to a fair at the end of the year.