Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)
No. 1 Century Avenue Pudong New Area Shanghai 200120 China
Telephone: 8621 58791888
Arguably Shanghais most recognizable landmark, the Oriental Pearl Tower rises 468 metres above ground level. The tower was completed in 1995 following a four year construction project. The architecture is completely unique, and uses a series of 11 spheres, supported upon three columns to give the building a space age type of look, indeed the largest of the observation spheres is actually named the Space Module. Sitting atop the tower is the antenna spire, which rises a further 118 metres above the tower proper. Over three million tourists visit the Oriental Pearl Tower each year, and enjoy the incredible views of Shanghai from any number of its observation modules. Visitors can also make use of the fully featured restaurant, or even stay in one of the 20 hotels rooms that make up the Space Hotel. Other popular parts of the tower are the Space City and sightseeing floor.
Yang pu Bridge
Pu Dong Avenue Shanghai China
Telephone: 021 5885 4701
The Yang pu bridge is among the longest suspension bridges in the world, at 602 meters it is fourth longest cable stayed bridge in the world, and crosses the Huangpu River. As well as being one of the largest of this type of bridge, it is also one of the busiest and carries over 100,000 vehicles across the river each and every day. When first constructed it was left un-painted, and local residents began to complain of the bridge being an eyesore as it began to acquire layers of dirt from car exhaust fumes, for the millennium in 2000, it was given a coat of bright red paint, which again saw local residents complaining the bridge was an eyesore due to the garish colour.
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu between Jinling Lu and Suzhou Creek Shanghai
Located in the Huangpu District, The Bund is a heady mix of historical and architecturally important buildings, world class shopping prospects and vibrant bars and restaurants. Primarily a walking area, this is one of Shanghais major tourist centres. The Bund covers a mile of the banks of the Huangpu River and features a mixture of contemporary modern architecture and traditional building design. By day this is a busy metropolitan area, which by night transforms itself into a neon lit tour of some of the best nightlife to be found in Shanghai.
Shanghai Grand Theatre
300 Renmin Da Dao Shanghai China
Telephone: 8621 6372 8702
This impressive structure was designed by Jean-Marie Charpentier, and was first opened to the public in 1998. The complex is made up of three distinctly separate parts, designed to suit the triple presentation of orchestra, ballet and opera. Of particular interest to tourists is the world leading acoustic system, which has been installed at immense expense and is widely regarded to be among the best to be found anywhere on the globe. Similarly impressive is the lighting system, which was especially designed and developed by Mitsubishi. These two features make a trip to the Shanghai Grand Theatre an extravaganza of the senses. A full schedule of opera, ballet, symphony and theatre is run throughout the entire year.
Elegant Art Gallery
97 Shui Cheng South Road Shanghai 200336 China
Telephone: 86 21 6208 2788
An upmarket gallery, which features a great selection of contemporary Chinese art, predominantly by artists who were born during the 1960s. The gallery can be quite hard to find as it is fairly small, it can be found close to the Carefour Shopping Centre. The Gallery is particularly well lit and is designed to entice the visitors to spend time simple wandering around the exhibits and enjoying the atmosphere as much as the art. Occasionally the Elegant Art Gallery will arrange special showings or themed exhibitions, which in that past have included the magnificent landscapes of Wu Xiao Shen and the abstract work of Hu Wei Da, if you are planning to visit the gallery, it may pay to find out if any such exhibitions are planned during the duration of your stay and plan your visit accordingly.
Eric Moller's House
Shanxi Nan Rd, opposite City Hotel. Shanghai China
| This strange folly of a building was designed and constructed by the eccentric Swede Eric Moller for his daughter, who it is said wished to live inside a fairytale castle. In current times it is a lavish hotel, but tourists are encouraged to come and explore this marvel of contradicting architectural styles and cunningly crafted features. The brickwork is best described as crazy, and certain other accoutrements like the Netherlands inspired turrets are nothing short of shocking. A brash and boisterous building, with a charm that is all of its own. The main part of the house dates all the way back to 1936, but was unfortunately damaged in 1941 when it was requisitioned by Japanese soldiers, it has now been fully restored and remains arguably the most unique example of architecture to be found in Shanghai.
Temple of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)
218 Anren Street Old City Shanghai China
This ancient temple was originally founded in 1403, in honour of Qin Yubo. In modern times the Temple of the Town God has grown to include the surrounding area which has developed into a thriving and brash bazaar. The Cultural Revolution which began in 1966 almost completely destroyed the temple and surrounding area, although the entire complex was full restored over a ten year period which began in 1990s. Now the Temple of the Town God is part historical site, part cultural centre and part shopping district, offering visitors a very varied experience. Locally produced handicrafts are noted as being of particularly good value in the bazaar.
Shanghai Library (Shanghai Tushuguan)
1557 Huaihai Zhong Lu Xuhui Shanghai China
Telephone: 021 6445-5555
Shanghai Library is one not only one of the physically largest libraries in the world, it also contains one of the ten most expansive collections around the globe. Much more than a simple library, it has been developed with a motto of “Reader First”, to promote an air of open-mindedness for both local users and international visitors alike. Each year the Shanghai Library sees over nine million visitors enter through its doors. The library contains a whole host of treasures, and has an entire collection that contains almost 51 million separate items, from technical documents to ancient artefacts. Much more than a library, it is a centre for study; equipped with everything the visitor may need, including audio-visual equipment, seminar rooms and exhibition halls. Please note, the library is only open to people over the age of 14 years.
|Sun Yat-sen Residence
Xiangshan Road French Concession Shanghai China
This is a charming European style of building, of two stories. It pales in the light of some of the more spectacular mansions which surround it, but since opening its doors to the public in 1988 it has seen millions of visitor. The house was the former home of Sun Yat-sen, who was the grandfather of the Chinese Democratic Revolution. It was during his time in residence that Sum Yat-sen penned his famous Doctrines, as well as setting the plans in motion for china's development as a democratic nation. The house is now been listed by the state as a State Preserved Cultural Relic, and is a protected building even though it is open to the public every day.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
Riverside Promenade Shanghai China
The Bund Sightseeing Tunnels connects the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to the northern side of the Chen Yi Square. It was the first ever sightseeing tunnel built to cross a river that was built in China, and covers a distance of almost 650 metres. Passengers through the tunnel find their senses flooded in a dramatic display which uses modern technology to present sound, video and pictures on the tunnel walls. A veritable whistle stop tour of Chinese history and culture, with a smattering of nature inspired scenes assaults the passenger as they whisk along the tunnel, designed to make the traveller feel as if they are actually part of the scene. Full stereo sound in hi-fidelity is used to make the visitor feel as if they are positioned within the show. The tunnel when viewed from a distance seems to be a rainbow bridging the river.
Madame Tussauds Shanghai
10/F, New World Building No.2-68 Nanjing Xi Road Shanghai 200003 China
Part museum, part theme park, the Madame Tussauds Waxwork Museum has been a major Shanghai attraction since it opened in 2006. This was the 6 th Madame Tussauds Museum to be opened in the world, and features a full range of was figures, organised into historical and themed exhibits including sports, film, music and glamour. This new offering from Madame Tussauds has been bought bang up to day by incorporating modern technology to bring the exhibits alive, and to encourage interaction with the visitors, including the ability to sit down and have a business discussion with Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. The museum has fast become one of Shanghais major new tourist attractions. Plans are already laid to expand the number of exhibits in late 2008.
The Cotton Club
8 Fuxing West Road Shanghai China
The Cotton Club is a dark, smoky and serious live Jazz and Blues venue in every traditional sense. The Cotton Club features nightly live performances, and is popular with locals, ex-pats and tourists alike. This lively bar can fill up very quickly, so arrive early to make sure of a seat. Some of the best Jazz and Blues band in the nation play here regularly, it is worth checking the current bookings and planning your visit around your particular taste. Food is also served along with the alcohol, and there is a no-smoking section. Several times each year The Cotton Club will feature guest appearances by world famous Jazz and Blues musicians, and has been visited by such famous players as Ry Cooder, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy.
15 North Block Xintiandi Shanghai China
Telephone: 86 21 6311 0358
A frequent nominee for the prestigious Worlds Best Bar Award, DR Bar is housed in the old Communist Party Meeting Hall; this is a slick and modern cocktail bar, replete with marbled serving counters and elegantly furnished private booths. Designed and built by the architect Benjamin Wood, and located in the chic Xintiandi District, DR Bar is an opulent watering hole favoured by the wealthy and affluent. Media moguls rub shoulders with up and coming young artists in the most popular of Shanghai's new sophisticated, westernised nightlife venues. Often full to the brim, even on weekdays, it is worth calling ahead to reserve a table. The specials menu is well renowned for well priced and locally sourced food, cooked in a traditional Chinese style, with just a twist of western fusion to cater to the tastes of the young crowd.
Xintiandi Xintiandi is arguably the most raucous of all nightlife zones to be found in Shanghai, featuring a full range of bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs to suit every taste. From modern and elegant cocktail bars to traditional Chinese food stalls Xintiandi offers something for everyone. In recent years the Shanghai government has done much to re-develop the area, and it is now rated among the best maintained and safe places in Shanghai to visit. Home to almost all of Shanghais new westerns style bars, the area has become something of a trendy place in which to live and play, which has seen local residents enjoy a rich injection of capital into the local economy. Tourists are made very welcome in Xintiandi, which is a world class metropolitan style urban village, young, vibrant and affluent.
Shanghai Centre Village
1376 Nanjing Road West Shanghai China
Shanghai Centre Village is a full on shopping extravaganza in the most serious sense. The mall itself is spread over three levels, and contains everything from franchise operated retails stores to unique local handicraft produce. The price of goods can be competitive and bargains can be found if the time is taken to look for them. The Centre is also something of a social centre, with a wide range of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Parents will be particularly pleased to know that there is a fully features children's area, designed to keep the young ones entertained whilst the adults shop.
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