Shanghai, a vigorous and energetic international metropolis, welcomes people from all over the world. This modern city offers many exciting sightseeing opportunities. Explore this popular tourist center where you will be enchanted by its charming landmarks such as the Bund & Huangpu River,Nanjing Road,Yu Garden,Jade Buddha Temple，Oriental Pearl Tower and Disneyland Shanghai among others.The following introduction is taken fromShanghai Basic Facts 2019 compiled by Information Office of Shanghai Municipality and Shanghai Municipal Statistics Bureau.
Ø The Bund
The Bund is the “name card” of Shanghai. It lies along the west bank of the Huangpu River between Waibaidu Bridge and Nanpu Bridge. The 4-kilometer-long thoroughfare was listed as one of the top 10 new attractions and tourist sites in the city. Along the Bund, there are buildings featuring a variety of Chinese and Western architecture styles, earning the Bund the fame as the contemporary world expo of architectures. This cultural heritage of mankind has epitomized the modern history of Shanghai. Standing on the Bund, one can enjoy a panoramic view of charming views along both sides of the Huangpu River.
Ø Yuyuan Garden
At No.218 Anren Street, the well-preserved Yuyuan Garden in city center is a famous garden featuring southern China structures, covering 20,000 square meters. Construction of the garden started in 1559. Its layout features the garden styles of south China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, enjoying a lasting reputation as “Wooded Hill in City.” The pavilions, ponds, man-made stone formations have formed 48 scenic spots, including ancient buildings, rare stones and centuries-old trees.
Ø Longhua Temple
At No.2853 Longhua Road in Xuhui District, Longhua Temple is the oldest, largest and most magnificent Buddhist architecture in Shanghai. It is said that the temple was built in 247 AD. The temple, the pagoda, the temple fair and the evening bell chiming constitute a religious tourist attraction.
Ø People’s Square
Located at the city center, People’s Square is a garden- type open space surrounded by buildings and facilities for administration, cultural activities, transportation and shopping. On its north is the People’s Mansion, to its northwest the Shanghai Grand Theater, to its northeast the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, and to its south the Shanghai Museum. People’s Avenue goes across the center of the area. The total green areas in the square reach 80,000 square meters.
Ø Oriental Pearl Tower
It is one of the city’s tourist landmarks. Serving for radio and television broadcasting as well as recreation and sightseeing, the 468-meter-tall tower features broadcasting, entertainment and tourist facilities. Tourists can get a bird’s-eye view of the city at
the 263-meter-high observatory and the 350-meter-high “space cabin.” At 267 meters high is a rotating restaurant. The ground floor of the structure is a historical museum featuring the city’s history, including the life-like scenes of old Shanghai streets.
Ø Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower is one of Shanghai’s landmarks. Overlooking the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong, it is an intelligent building offering services for office, hotel, recreation, sightseeing and shopping. It covers a total floor area of 290,000 square meters and is 420.5 meters high. It has 88 stories above the ground and three stories underground. The observatory hall on the 88th floor offers a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the city to up to more than 1,000 tourists at a time.
Ø Shanghai Tower
Located at the core area of Lujiazui area, the 632-meter-tall Shanghai Tower has 127 floors above ground and five floors under the ground with a total construction area of 576,000 square meters.It is the country’s tallest and world’s second-highest building. It’s also Shanghai’s highest and biggest office building. It’s a vertical city combining the functions of office, hotel, exhibition, business and site seeing.
Ø Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Located in Pudong’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium covers a total area of 22,400 square meters. The aquarium displays more than 14,000 marine lives of 300-plus species from all over the world. Its 120-meter-long undersea tunnel is one of the longest of its kind in the world and a major attraction for visitors.
Ø Shanghai Xintiandi
Shanghai Xintiandi is an urban tourist attraction imbued with the city’s historical and cultural legacies. The 30,000-square-meter trendy entertainment complex is nestled in the city center, close to the bustling Huaihai Road M., the Huangpi Road S. and Madang Road. It showcases the perfect blending of Shanghai’s traditional shikumen houses and state-of-the-art buildings. It features a multitude of restaurants and cafes, retail, entertainment, cultural, recreational, commercial and residential facilities. It’s where Shanghai’s rich history meets the modern posh lifestyle.
Ø Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone
Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone is located at the center of the Pudong New Area, stretching to S1 Yinbing Expressway to the north, Nanliu Highway to the east, Zhouzhu Highway to the south and S2 Shanghai-Luchaogang Expressway to the west. The zone has a planned area of 24.7 square kilometers
and around 7 square kilometers of core area. Shanghai Disney Resort is situated at the core area of the zone and is the first on China’s mainland, the third in Asia and the sixth Disney Resort in the world. Shanghai Disney Resort contains Shanghai Disneyland which is composed of six themed lands including Mickey Avenue, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove and Tomorrowland, two themed hotels: Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, an international shopping and dining area: Disney Town and Wishing Star Park.
Ø Zhujiajiao Ancient Watertown
Known as “Shanghai’s Venice,” the 49.8-square-kilometer Zhujiajiao is a well-preserved ancient water town typical of the south of the Yangtze River. It first appeared as a village market during the Three Kingdom Period. Later, it became a bustling trade town in the Ming Dynasty. Today, visitors can still see many well- preserved buildings, boats, stone bridges and stone lanes dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. This is a little quiet town where people can find antiquity, leisure and tranquility.
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Source:Shanghai Basic Facts 2019