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.
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!
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.
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.
This museum boasts 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archaeological findings. Permanent exhibits feature bronze, ceramics and paintings, among other artifacts. 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 tripod when viewed sideways. The rooftop with glassed dome is modeled on a Han Dynasty mirror.
The Shanghai Grand Theatre is a magnificent addition to the city's arts and culture scene. On the northwest side of the busy People's Square, this architecturally striking and modern theater, hosts major international concerts and performances. It has played host to the Russian Kirov Ballet and the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Visitors can buy a ticket to tour the building, however, they would do better to purchase a ticket for a performance and have a look around for free.
Look out for some striking installations and works of contemporary art at the Chi K11 Art Space. Occupying the basement level of K11 shopping arcade, Chi K11 is a bustling art gallery which also doubles up as an event venue. Well-curated performances, debates, art workshops and other events are held at the gallery. The spacious interiors of Chi K11 are ideal for huge exhibits and displays, including domestic and international works. A separate area serves as a quaint spot for art lovers to meet up and discuss topics related to their shared interests.
Yuyuan Stage oozes a traditional aura right from the architecture to the old tradition of Chinese tea and snacks that are served here as also the cultural performances it holds. It combines traditional Chinese theater with a modern touch replete with folk arts, dances, performances and cultural events as well as more formal, business events. The rooftop garden provides a beautiful view of the surrounding garden that looks fascinating by night. This is a one stop stage for all the cultural events in the city. Call for more details on current and upcoming events.
Ever wondered what a traditional house in Shanghai looked like before everything became modernized? Find out for yourself at the Wulixiang Shikumen Museum, a well-preserved Shikumen house rooted in tradition. The excellent house museum takes visitors through the lifestyle of the people in the Shanghai of yesteryear. Don't be surprised if some of the older folk from your family get nostalgic.
This sprawling expanse of open space surrounds the Shanghai Concert Hall, and serves as an open-air venue for concerts and music festivals, both classical and contemporary. Most notably, the Shanghai Urban Music Lawn is the venue of choice for the annual Music in the Summer Air festival and features performances by international acts, alongside the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and other Chinese musicians. Located in the Huangpu District, this venue is directly connected to the Dashijie metro station.
The Lansheng Theatre is not only one of the oldest and biggest movie theatres in Shanghai, but also amongst the many historical buildings there. Known for its intricate architecture and space, the Lansheng Theatre is truly a sight to see. And the irony of it all is that the theatre has seen so many changes through the times that now it serves as a story telling venue for the masses. Call for further details.