Once Asia’s “golden mile” of finance and commerce, the Bund now enjoys a renaissance with its colonial buildings filled with upscale emporiums and eateries. The Bund is quintessential Shanghai, and best at night.
The Oriental Pearl Radio and TV is a TV tower in Shanghai. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund, makes it a distinct landmark in the area. It is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration and is a must-see attraction in Shanghai.
Established in 1577, Yu Garden is a maze of classical Ming and Qing Dynasty pavilions, rock gardens, arched bridges and sparkling ponds, surrounded by a lively bazaar.
Visit Shanghai’s trendiest and upscale pedestrian area. The traditional Shanghai grey-brick neighbourhood re-done by US architect Ben Wood provides international bars, shops, cafés and celebrity-owned restaurants.
China’s historic No. 1 shopping street is the “Oxford Street of the East” and extends for over 5 kilometres from the Bund to Jing’an Temple. Shops are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Jing'an Temple on West Nanjing Road is one of the most famous temples in Shanghai. In 1983, it was put on the key national protection list. The temple houses the largest jade Buddha in China and a copper bell from the Ming dynasty.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the traditional festival in China. On this day, families get together for a “reunion” and exchange mooncakes - a symbolic food that represents the “reunion” just like the full moon.
Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the dull moon 15 days after. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honour of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.