Shanghai, a vigorous and energetic international metropolis, welcomes people from all over the world to enjoy its special atmosphere. Shanghai attractions are plentiful and varied – combining the historical relics and modern architectural sites. Beyond the Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower cityscapes there are a huge range of museums, colonial architecture, religious buildings, theatres, gardens, parks and shopping areas. The water towns of the Shanghai Delta, like Zhujiajiao, are well-worth getting out of the city to explore.
The modern sites of The World Financial Center, Xintiandi, and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower well presents the modern face of Shanghai. The imperial garden cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou are close to Shanghai.
Top 10 Most Popular Attactions in Shanghai
1. The Bund
The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road), which extends from Jinling Road in the south to the Waibaidu Bridge in the north, is a 1.5-kilometer-long boulevard on the western bank of the Huangpu River. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The 1,700-meters (1,859 yards) long flood-control wall, known as ‘the lovers’ wall’, located on the side of Huangpu River from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River and once was the most romantic corner in Shanghai in the last century.
Walking along Zhongshan Road, not only can visitors enjoy the scenery of Huangpu River but have a glimpse of the development of Lujiazui district on the other side. The architecture along the Bund is unanimously honored as a “World Architectural Fair”, including all kinds of tall buildings like the Gothic style, Baroque style, Roman style, Classical style, Renaissance style and the combination of Chinese and Western style. It is a romantic place for lovers.
2. Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the modern symbol and must-see for a typical vacation in Shanghai. Standing beside the Huangpu River and opposite the Bund with a height of 468 meters (1536 feet), it is the tallest TV tower in Asia. Built with eleven steel spheres in various sizes hanging from the blue sky to the green grassland, the body of the tower creates an admirable image, which is described in an ancient Chinese verse as: large and small pearls dropping on a plate of jade(大珠小珠落玉盘).
The tower includes 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels creating an artistic conception of “large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate”.
It has become a symbolic piece of architecture and a favorite sight for tourists in Shanghai.
This unusual structure that dominates the skyline is a great attraction to visitors. Moreover, World Financial Center, the highest multi-purpose skyscraper in the country, offers the full extent of Lujiazui and Puxi areas, attracting more and more visitors to appreciate the beautiful panorama of this modern city. Jin Mao Tower, located in the center of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong, is the fourth tallest building of the world and the second tallest building of the country. The ingenious combination of the elements of traditional Chinese culture with the newest architectural styles of the time, make the tower one of the best-designed buildings.
3. Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of Shanghai’s Old City, a few blocks south of the Bund. Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. It was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. It enjoyed a history over 400 years since its first establishment by Pan yunduan who had intended to bring happiness and pleasure to his parents and relatives. It has a total area of about two hectares (five acres) with more than 40 attractions.
The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai.
Yuyuan Garden is so exquisite that it can be comparable to the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. It is also one of the Four National Cultural Markets, along with the Panjiayuan Market and Glass Street in Beijing, as well as the Confucian Temple in Nanjing. Yuyuan Garden occupies an area of 20,000 square meters (about five acres). However, the small size is not a representative of the attractions of the garden.
The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique characteristics. There are six main scenic areas here: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. Each area features several scenic spots within its borders.
4. Jade Buddha Temple
In the western part of Shanghai, a very modern and flourishing city, there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. Jade Buddha Monastery is one of the most famous Buddha religious temples with 70 resident monks living and working there at the last count.
The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.
It attracts many visitors locally and overseas to Shanghai every year, especially during the Chinese New Year.There are a lot of religious events hosted by the temple.
Inside, the centerpiece is a 1.9-meter-high white jade Buddha, seated and encrusted with jewels, is said to weigh about one thousand kilograms. The Recumbent Buddha is 96 centimeters long, lying on the right side with the right hand supporting the head and the left hand placing on the left leg, this shape is called the ‘lucky repose’. The sedate face shows the peaceful mood of Sakyamuni when he left this world. In the temple there is also another Recumbent Buddha which is four meters long and was brought from Singapore by the tenth abbot of the temple in 1989. A smaller, reclining Buddha lies on a redwood bed. In the large hall there are three gold-plated Buddhas, and other halls house ferocious-looking deities. There are many other artifacts, and some 7,000 Buddhist sutras line the walls.
Furthermore there are many other ancient paintings and Buddhist scriptures distributed in the different halls here.
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