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Top Reasons to Visit Shanghai

Shanghai, economic center of the second largest energy, is a super metropolis in the world, boisterous in business areas, cold in high-rise buildings, shining in nights, and happy in crowds. Shanghai , a big city with a huge GDP and the largest port in the world, has been built into a modern and beautiful city and an important business center in the world.

Shanghai, this big shinning city, I bet you want to go. Here, I give reasons why you should go to Shanghai and why you would like to visit Shanghai.

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The Bund Shanghai, Foreigners in Shanghai

The Bund, is located at the riverbank of Huangpu River, famous for its historical buildings. In the second half of the 19 century and the first half of the 20th century, it was the staying area of foreigners in Shanghai, such as American, British, and French. The Bund stands 33 buildings built 100 years ago, and they have various exotic building styles, like the Gothic, and Baroque. In this small area, tourists and visitors can see buildings of many building styles from foreign countries. It has become one of the most popular attractions to tourists who like to see old buildings, and want to feel Shanghai history and culture.

In the Bund, tourists can visit those old buildings and Huanghpu Park, enjoy superb sceneries along Huangpu River, and have a good look of high-rise buildings in Lujiazui. Here is the most prosperous area of Shanghai, with Chinese style and exotic style, where tourists and visitors should have a visit to feel the combination of Chinese style and exotic style.

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Yuyuan Garden, Classical Chinese Garden3 Days Best Shanghai Tour

Yuyuan Garden or Yu Garden was first built in the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) as a private garden to the Pan family,  and up to now, it has over 400 years. In this long period of time, the garden has been under well protection. Yuyuan Garden  is a classical layout of Chinese Garden, with lake, bridge, winding corridor, rockery, pavilion, fish, tree and flower. Yuyuan Garden is divided into several parts, and each part has many buildings, full of Chinese traditional elements. Tourists and visitors in Yuyuan Garden can see the essential of classical Chinese garden, enjoy the beauty of Chinese Garden, and feel the leisure life of its former owners.

Yuyuan Garden deep tour. Yuyuan Garden has tile carvings, stone carvings, wood carvings, and clay sculptures for tourists interested in Chinese elements and Chinese culture to have a profound tour. Yuyuan Garden has collected thousands of cultural relics, including lots of works with great value, such as Chinese paintings,  potteries, and furniture. A golden collected in Yuyuan Garden is made in the Tang Dynasty(618-907), with dragon patterns in the bottom, animal and flower patters in its body, which is of great value.

If you are lucky, you may see exhibitions of flowers and paintings in Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden Lantern Festival, lasting for 33 days, is a must-see attraction during Chinese Spring Festival. Tourists coming to Shanghai in Spring Festival should go to Yuyuan Garden and join this Lantern Festival. Lantern Festival is a quick way for tourists to get close to China and learn about Chinese culture. In this festival, tourists can see all kinds of lanterns in various shapes like animals, and feel the atmosphere of Spring Festival in Shanghai.

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Water Town in Shanghai, Ancient Town in Shanghai

Shanghai has several ancient towns, with Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Qibao Ancient Town, and Jingfeng Ancient Town  the most famous. Ancient towns in Shanghai are also water towns, which are a part of Jiangnan water town, because of their geography conditions. In Jiangnan area, there are rivers everywhere, and towns are usually built along waters. Rivers flow through those water towns, and became a part of towns, and bridges are built for transportation on land, and wooden boat is another way of transport.

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, is located in Qingpu district, Shanghai, accessible by metro Line 17. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town has developed decades of small attractions, like old post office, temple, museum, and botanical garden. Tourists can visit old buildings and Chinese house decoration in old times, watch traditional performances of arts, have a river cruise, and go shopping for Shanghai traditional handcrafts. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is regarded as one of the 50 places foreigners should visit, due to its beauty and culture.

Qibao Ancient Town, a town with thousands of years and a popular tourist attraction, is located in Minxing district, Shanghai, accessible by metro Line 9. Qibao Ancient Town gets its name from Qibao Temple, and has several attractions, such as Qibao Wine, Qibao Old Street, Cotton Manufacturing Museum. Qibao Ancient Town has gorgeous natural scenery of water town, and delicious Shanghai food in south street, and stores selling paintings, handcrafts, and antiques.

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Shanghai Disney Resort, Paradise for Guests of All Ages

Shanghai Disney Resort is the second disneyland theme park in China, with several parts, Disneyland, Disneytown, Wishing Star Park, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Toy Story Hotel, and seven theme zones. Each of those theme zones has several attractions and activities. In Shanghai Disney Resort, tourists and visitors, no matter you are a child or an adult, can enjoy the fantasy in dreams, and experience the magic from fairy tale. Those attractions and activities will bring you special experience in this fairy land, close to your dream.

Adventure Isle: Camp Discovery, Happy Circle, Roaring Rapids, Soaring over the Horizon.

Toy Story Land: Rex’s Racer, Slinky Dog Spin, Woody’s Roundup.

Fantasyland: Alice in Wonderland Maze, Hunny Pot Spin, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, “Once Upon a Time” Adventure, Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Storybook Court, Voyage to Crystal Grotto.

Gardens of Imagination: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Fantasia Carousel, Marvel Universe, Meet Mickey Tent.

Tomorrowland: Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, Jet Packs, TRON Lightcycle Power Run, TRON Realm, Chevrolet Digital Challenge.

Treasure Cove: Explorer Canoes, Pirates of the Caribbean Battle, Shipwreck Shore, Siren’s Revenge.

Except Shanghai Disney Resort, Jinjiang Amusement Park(锦江乐园) is one of the top choices for a family trip in Shanghai. It has many thrilling activities for children and adults.

Old Shanghai, Shanghai Culture

Though we always say Shanghai is a young city, it has its own long history and profound culture. When coming to Shanghai, seeing the modern Shanghai is not enough. What is old Shanghai? Please come to Shanghai Old Street, the City God Temple, bargain markets, Tianzifang, and Xintiandi.


Tianzifang and Xintiandi. Longtang and Shikumen are represents of old Shanghai, which are referred to lanes and buildings in old Shanghai. Most of them have been demolished, with some are under protection. Shikumen buildings could be seen in Tianzifang and Xintiandi, where people would like to have a leisure tour to feel Shanghai.

The City God Temple.  The City God Temple or Shanghai Chenghuang Temple is the religious belief in old Shanghai, and it is a Taoism temple, with over 600 years, used to pray God to protect this city.  Jing’an Temple in Shanghai, aged over 1000, is a Buddhism temple, and the oldest temple in Shanghai. It also has collected famous paintings and calligraphy works.

Shanghai Old Street. It is a business market in the past, and famous street now for sightseeing, shopping and Shanghai cuisine. In Shanghai Old Street, tourists can see old shanghai buildings, stores of traditional style, and eat Shanghai food in time-honored restaurants, and experience Shanghai business atmosphere.

Shanghai Exquisite Food

Shanghai has gathered food from home and abroad here, making a paradise of cuisine to tourists and visitors. Shanghai traditional food is a must-try to tourists, who may become a fan of it accidentally. Shanghai dish: Shui Jing Xia Ren, sautéed shrimp, steamed cruician carp, Babao duck, wined chicken, steamed crab, white cut chicken, and squirrel-shaped mandarin fish. These dishes are what you should order in a Shanghai restaurant.

Shanghai snack: Xiaolongbao, tangyuan, fried or steamed baozi, crab shell cake, soup dumpling, soy scallion Shanghai noodles(cong you ban mian) and  various desserts.

Baozi in Shanghai has several kinds with great flavors, baozi stuffed with soup, fried baozi, steamed baozi. And baozi could have various stuffing, like pork, crab meat, and vegetable. You shouldn’t miss baozi in Shanghai.

Shanghai Shopping, Deserve your Experience

In Shanghai, there are many shopping areas with enormous stores, shinning shopping malls, and crowded shopping markets. Goods in shopping malls are in high quality, but high in price. Goods in shopping markets are much cheaper, and in good quality. Shanghai as one of the biggest export cities, has lots of goods stored for export, and you can find various goods you want, like popular small goods made in Yiwu and Suzhou embroidery. If you want to buy cheap clothes in Shanggai, please go to Qipu Road which has a big clothing wholesale market.

Shanghai shopping street- Nanjing Road. Nanjing Road is a must-go place to local tourists and foreign tourists in Shanghai, which has shopping malls, street stores, and delicious food. Nanjing Road is the most famous shopping street in Shanghai, with over one hundred years, and its buildings of European style have been well preserved.

Shanghai Qipao & Shanghai Silk

Qipao is traditional clothing for women, popular in the 1920s, well showing women’s figure. Qipao is a Chinese style clothing, with various designs, popular in the world. Nowadays, supreme Qipao is always chose as formal dress for big events, and some Qipao are dressed in ordinary days.

Where to buy Shanghai Qipao? There are special streets for selling Qipao, where lots of Qipao stores open and welcome customers from all over the world. Changle Road and Maoming Road are for customers desiring to buy Shanghai Qipao. Each store has its uniqueness, and they have made-up Qipao for sale, and offer tailor-made service to make private Qipao from materials to pattern.

Silk is a material made in China, used to make clothing, scarf, pajamas, etc. Chinese silk is famous for its softness and smooth, and popular in the world for thousands of years. Shanghai is one of the most ports to export Chinese Silk, and has enormous silk stores, often visited by foreigners. Customers could buy made-up products and also order tailor-made products.

Tallest Buildings in Shanghai

Modern Shanghai has great high-rise buildings, regarded as Shanghai landmarks, and those Shanghai modern buildings are an insight to see Shanghai ambition and Shanghai economy: Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center. All these high-rise buildings are located in Lujiazhui, Shanghai financial area, close to Huangpu River which is the mother river of Shanghai.

oriental pearl tower

Oriental Pearl Tower, made of two big balls, has observation decks, space module, exhibitions and a revolving restaurant. Oriental Pearl Tower is famous for its glass-bottomed skywalk in 259 meters, and it is thrilling for tourists to have transparent views through those glasses. Jin Mao Tower gathers business, entertainment, leisure and sightseeing, with the 88th floor as its observation deck. Shanghai World Financial Center, with a height of 492 meters, has three observation decks, in the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors. Shanghai Tower, with a height of 632 meters, is one of the tallest buildings in China. It has a glass-bottomed skywalk in the 118th floor, 546 meters high, where people can have a dead-zone free view of Shanghai city.


Those high buildings all have multi-functions, for office, entertainment, hotel, restaurants, etc, and one of the most important is for sightseeing. Glass-bottomed skywalk is designed for tourists to enjoy fantastic views of Shanghai. Therefore, the above-mentioned high-rise buildings, like Oriental Pearl Tower, have become a must-visit attraction in Shanghai. In those buildings, people could have thrilling sightseeings, go shopping, and enjoy Shanghai food, and exotic food from the world.

Shanghai 144-hour Visa Free Transit

shanghai putong international airport

Shanghai has implemented the 144-hour visa free transit  policy to citizens from 53 countries. Those people could stay 6 days in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang in the case that they have transit flights in any of these ports, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Railway Station, the Port of Shanghai, Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

How to  apply:

Necessary materials: valid passport, connecting international flights to the third country with 144 hours.

Fill in entry card and  get checked by staff from China Immigration Inspection to get temporary entry permit.

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