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!
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.
This museum has five floors that detail the ambitious plans of Shanghai's urban planners. Visitors are provided with a glimpse of how Shanghai will look like in a couple of decades. The centerpiece on the third floor is a huge model of the city as it is now. Check out the map on the first half floor, where the districts scheduled to be cleared for new constructions and green areas are marked. In the basement, old Shanghai is rebuilt with house entrances, cobbled stone-ways and operating shops and tea-houses.
The Shanghai Stadium, seating 80,000 spectators, helps to define Shanghai as a first-class sporting city. The multi-functional stadium was built in 1997, but was beautifully renovated for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics as a football venue. Besides sporting events, the stadium also hosts occasional concerts. A gigantic color display screen, a video monitoring and display system, security, a medical center and a media center are among its world-class facilities. The upscale Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel and a modern aquatic center is uniquely situated inside.
Zhen Yang is a large and relatively new complex in Shanghai. It has 32 lanes and peak times are often in the early evenings, when the cost of a game dips to all-time lows.
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.
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.
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 Xintiandi UME International Cineplex which is situated in the Xintiandi entertainment complex, is Shanghai's most high tech with state of the art movie equipments, theater. Built by the very renowned Mr. Ng See Yuen, the UME is supposed to be one of China's best movie complexes. This movie theater is popular among locals for showcasing the latest movies. The interiors of this theater have luxurious and inclined seating that assure your comfort and optimal views of the screen from every seat. Catch up on to the favorite Hollywood flick at UME Cinema.
Xintiandi is a wonderful entertainment and shopping destination in the city. Xintiandi is especially impressive because of the shikumen, which are traditional buildings in narrow alleys. The shikumen have been restored and they provide a bit of history in the modern setting of great shops, restaurants and galleries. This is the perfect place to find yourself on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with friends of course.