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Top 10 Things to Do and See in Shanghai

Shanghai is overflowing with things to see and do. Your challenge will be to prioritize the city's attractions and accomplish all of your goals in the limited time you have here.

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Here is our list of top 10 things to do & see in Shanghai.

1. The Bund Night Tour

The Bund is a symbol of Shanghai and an epitome of Shanghai's modern history. From the Oriental Pearl TV Tower you can see the Bund. The Bund is very famous, especially at night, the nocturne of that river is nice indeed! When night falls, colourful lights illuminate the whole Bund area and turn it into "a scene of the wonderland".

The Bund

2. Shanghai Nanjing Road Walking Tour

Nanjing Road is located in Huangpu District in Shanghai and stretches from Xizang Middle Road in the west to Henan Middle Road in the east. It enjoys a history of over 100 yours, and express the ancieng aspect of Shanghai.

This exciting and vibrant holiday destination is comprised of two sections, the East and West. East Nanjing Road features European-influenced cafes and restaurants, as well as the Peace Hotel, Central market, and sprawling department and retail outlets. The West side boasts the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, People's Park, the Park Hotel, the expansive Pedestrian Mall, and a variety of small authentic gift shops.

Nowadays, Nanjing Road has turned into the No.1 site for shopping in Shanghai. The famous stores are Lao Da Fang, The Old Phoenixes, Shao Wan Sheng, Cai Tong De and so on.

Tips for shopping:
* Bargin while you are shopping;
* Be careful of shopping traps;

Shanghai Nanjing Road

3. Yuyuan Garden Relaxing Tour

Located in the heart of Shanghai's Old City, Yuyuan is the most famous garden in Shanghai. It is called "Yuyuan" because "yu" in Chinese means "peace and health" - a place of peace and comfort in the heart of busy Shanghai.

Yuyuan Garden is a fun place to tour. Its whole area has been renovated in traditional style Chinese architecture that make you feel like you have finally found "Chinatown".

As a hot tourist sites, you can see there:
*Sansui Hall with five spacious rooms for announcing the imperial edicts;
*Big Rockery, the best treasure of the Yuyuan Garden and best rockery in China;
*Elegant Jade Rock, is featured by its wrinked appearance, slender shape, transparent natre, and lots of holes due to the eroded by water.

Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

4. People's Square Walking Tour

Located in the center of Shanghai, Shanghai People Square is the key transportation line. It is surrounded by the municipal government office building, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall, the Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Museum.

All of these buildings make up a beautiful view. In the center of the square is a smart musical fountain. The Square is particularly spectacular at night, when steam appears to seep out of the roof of the museum and the light bounces off the glass walls of the Grand Theatre.

Shanghai People's Square

5. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Water Tour

Zhujiajiao is located in the mid-south of Qingpu District, 48km to the west of Shanghai city center. It is full of the old buildings with the water canals, really authentic water village which represent the ancient Shanghai.

A boat trip down the river and then walk through the small shopping streets, cross the amazing bridges, visit the beautifully laid out gardens and old houses. There are great opportunity for some great photographs.

The ancient town displayed its history through its plentiful stone bridges, slab stone paved lanes, canals, ancient residential houses, pavilions, workshops, rice shops, banks, spice stores, old post office, theatre stage and more.

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

6. Huangpu River Cruise

Huangpu River is the sign of Shanghai and its 40km is within the area of Shanghai.

To take a boat trip in Huangpu River is the best way to see the perfect scenery of Shanghai and have a full view of Huangpu River. For the first time visitors, it is a must to cruise on the Huangpu River.

Huangpu tour boats sails from the dock on the Bund, north of the Peace hotel. On the boat, tourists can enjoy the views on both sides of the river, the new Nanpu Bridge, the new Yangpu Bridge, the Bund, the docks and the site of the ancient Wusong Fort at the mouth of the Huangpu River.

Huangpu River Cruise

7. Xintiandi Tour

Xintiandi is in the center of Shanghai City and south of Huaihai Zong Lu. It means "New Heaven and Earth" and is considered as a modern lifestyle center. Its central location makes it a great area for entertainment and shopping.

Recently, the entire neighborhood around Xintiandi was torn down and rebuild. There will filled with cafes, restaurants, shops and bars.

Visiting here, you will:
* Cultural Sites: Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party, Shikumen Open House Museum;
* Drink: From Starbucks to wine bars, you'll find just about anything you're thirsty for;
* Eat: Paul(French bakery and patisserie), KABB (American-style burgers and wraps), great Chinese cafes like Din Tai Fung;
* Shop: Shanghai Tang, Shanghai Trio(Taicang Road)


8. Shanghai World Financial Center - Bird's View Tour

Standing in Lujiazui, so far, Shanghai World Financial Center is the tallest building in China.

On the Skyscraper, there are multiple viewing platforms, and one of them has a glass floor. Adding to bird's view of Shanghai, you can also do:
* Dining: Din Tai Fung and South Beauty (on the 3F), and Chinese food in a Crystal Jade;
* Shopping: on 3F, for SWFC-themed souvenirs or others.

Shanghai World Financial Center

9. Fuxing Park Relaxing Tour

Fuxing Park offers a rare known part of Shanghai, which offers an stark contrast with the hustle and bustle of this great metropolis. The park wall seemingly fences off all the noises, buseness of the modern city and creates a quite, undisturbed enclave for the local people.

Fuxing Park

10. Longhua Temple Tour

As the oldest and largest religious complex temple in Shanghai, Longhua Temple is a natural tourist attraction, drawing droves of travelers. Announced by its staggering seven-story pagoda, visitors have no problem identifying this sacred site. However, all the attention has not diminished the temple's ambience. The buildings have been refurbished and photograph very nicely. The Longhua Temple becomes even more photogenic during the spring with the arrival of the peach blossoms.

Located south of downtown, the Longhua Temple is accessible via metro line 3. The Longcao Road Station is the most convenient. Admission is 10 CNY (about $1.60 USD), and visitors are welcome everyday between 7 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You will not be able to climb the central pagoda, though the other temples are open for visits. For more information, consult the Shanghai tourism board's website.

Longhua Temple

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