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A Day in Shanghai

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Shanghai Museum

Located in People's Square, the Shanghai Museum is considered as the country's finest. Founded in 1952, the new museum was rebuilt and renovated in the year 1996. This museum boasts 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archaeological findings. Permanent exhibits feature bronze, ceramics and paintings, among other artifacts from ancient Ming and Qing dynasties. Other facilities include a library with 20,000 books, a conservation laboratory and a lecture room. There is a gift shop on the first floor, a tea house and several antique and curio stalls. The building itself is an architectural showpiece, resembling an ancient Chinese vessel when viewed sideways. The rooftop with a glassed dome is modeled on a Han Dynasty mirror. Preserving the spirit of old China amid the ultra modern urban culture of Shanghai, the museum is one of the best ways to learn about ancient Chinese history.

201 Renmin Avenue, People's Square, Shanghai, China, 200003
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center has multiple floors that detail the ambitious plans for Shanghai's urban planning and development. Visitors are provided with a glimpse of what Shanghai will look like in a couple of decades. The centerpiece of the place is a huge model of the city as it stands today. This breathtaking model of Shanghai city stands out as a beautiful masterpiece of this enriching museum. An elaborate map showcases the districts scheduled for new construction, and green areas are clearly marked.

100 Renmin Avenue, Shanghai, China, 200003
People's Square

A sprawling green sanctum ensconced amid Shanghai’s bustling thoroughfares, People's Square (Ren Min Guang Chang) is a vast public space encircled by government buildings. This idyllic square is characterized by manicured lawns and the architecturally impressive Shanghai Museum. Truly an urban spectacle, People's Square is flecked with an array of intriguing features including a jubilant water fountain, a subway station and an underground shopping mall. Accentuated by a wealth of varicolored flowers, the square is fringed by an arsenal of soaring high-rises like the Park Hotel Shanghai, Raffles City Shanghai and Shimao International Plaza. This is where locals and tourists unwind amid refreshing, verdant scenery and watch the fast-paced hours of Shanghai go by.

Xi Zang Zhong Lu & Renmin Road, Shanghai, China, 200000
Confucian Temple of Shanghai

Wen Miao Temple was constructed before the establishment of Shanghai in 1267. It once served as the most esteemed center for those interested in learning the texts of the Great Teacher, Confucius. However, through the centuries it has faced many tribulations. Recently renovated, this sacred space is steeped in history and retains many of the characteristics of the Yuan Dynasty during which it was built. The old book market is one of the site's most frequented attractions and stocks plenty of periodicals and vintage magazines. The temple grounds host the highly-acclaimed Shanghai Confucius Temple Fair annually at the end of the year. This is a serene location for some soul searching or simply to get away from the frenzy of the old town.

215 Wenmiao Lu, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200010
Huangpu River Cruise

Taking a boat tour along the Huang Pu River gives visitors an opportunity to see many of Shanghai's famous sites such as the People's Hero Monument, the Bund (Wai Tan), the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district. Also, in view of the river are the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbor, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics. Open daily 9:30am.

219 Eastern Zhong Shan Road, Southern End of Bund Promenade, Shanghai, China, 200002
The Bund

A concrete riverfront walkway that is built around a bend on the Huangpu River, the iconic Bund is dotted with a collection of Shanghai's most monumental landmarks. A labyrinth of nearly 52 buildings of varying shapes, sizes and architectural styles – from Romanesque Revival and Baroque, to Neoclassical and Art Deco – guards the riverfront area from the rest of the city, almost like an open-air repository of structures woven together by the forces of history, culture and commerce. Influenced by the brief colonial era that settled over Shanghai before it became a trading port in 1846, behind the buildings' facade existed a slew of trading houses, banks and even consulates. Some of the most prominent buildings that line the picturesque riverfront include the HSBC Building, which once housed the Shanghai headquarters of the eponymous bank, the Russo-Chinese Bank Building, the Asia Building, the Bank of China building, and the Gutzlaff Signal Tower. While some buildings serve an official purpose even today, some others form cultural and retail hubs in this commercial city.

Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China, 200000
Plaza 66

Crane your neck to marvel at the second tallest building in Shanghai, the tallest in Jing An District and a major tourist hotspot. 945 feet tall, the magnificent structure also hosts a massive shopping center, housing some of the biggest brand names in clothing, fashion, electronics, furnishing, gifts and every imaginable household appliance. With prices as high as the structure that houses them, it's no wonder that most tourists stick to window shopping in here!

1266 Nanjing Road West, Shanghai, China, 200040
Oriental Pearl Tower

At a height of 468 meters (1,535 feet), the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the world's sixth tallest and possibly one of its most unique. Set on the banks of the Huangpu River, this stunning landmark is an intriguing silhouette of magnanimous spheres balanced on slender columns that soar high above the city streets. Each of the three largest spheres feature an observation deck that grants panoramic views of Shanghai from varying heights, while the glass-bottomed walkway promises to thrill. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower also houses shops, entertainment venues and a hotel as well as the Revolving Restaurant and the Municipal History Museum. Often likened to pearls on a string, this iconic landmark adorns Shanghai's glittering city skyline like a radiant jewel of spectacular proportions.

1 Century Avenue, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai, China, 200120
Liu Hai Su Art Center

The main purpose of this state-run museum is the study and promotion of the innumerable artworks in the Liu Hai Su collection. Liu Hai Su was an renowned artist and his works can be seen here as the permanent exhibition. In addition, the museum regularly features temporary exhibitions, some of which show pieces from well known international institutions. The Art Center also hosts a dancing school and an antique furniture shop. A little bookstore here deals mostly with Chinese literature.

1660 Hongqiao Road, Changning, Shanghai, China, 200336
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