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Transportation in Shanghai

Shanghai is situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River and it is the busiest transport hub in the eastern China. It has highly developed infrastructure as an important business and financial centre of China and the world. It has a convenient network of public transportation.

This city has many links to the outside. You can easily get there from the adjacent cities like Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou as well as distance cities like Xian, Beijing, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Many cities in other countries also have the convenient transportation link with Shanghai. You can easily get there by train, air, Ship or long distance bus.

By Air

Shanghai is the Only Chinese city having tow international airports i.e. Hongqiao International Airport and pudong International Airport. They are highly equipped with all modern facilities. About one thousand flights travel through these airport on daily basis. Many domestic as well as international flights are available from these airports to many international cities like Beijing, New York, London, Los Angles, Singapore, Tokyo and Paris.
By train

The railway network is the comfortable and inexpensive way for getting you into this city. Huning Railway and Huhang railway pass through the city of Shanghai and connects the main three railway stations with the cities spread over the country. You can take the advantage of Special holiday trains and tourist trains for seeing the scenic areas of the provinces like Mt. Huangshan in Anhui and Mt. Wuyishan in Fujian.

Long Distance Bus

Long distance buses are also available in this city. Four expressways and highways passes through the city which composes the efficient long distance bus transport system of this city. More than one thousand routes are covered by about forty long distance bus stations.

Ship

Transportation via waterways is also accessible due to its strategic location. This city stands as the largest port of china and good number of goods and passengers move in and out promoting the development of the tourism and economy of Shanghai and its adjacent cities.


Shanghai Facts

Shanghai is the largest of China and it is an economical, financial and commercial centre. It is very vital city from the future point of view of this country. No other city in this country is much fascinating, vibrate or having such a unique colonial past.

Shanghai is a port city on the Huangpu River where the Yangtze River ends into the sea of East China. This city was initially a fishing and textile town and gained its identity when it was opened to the foreigner power by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The French, British, German, Russian and American moved in and settled their Western-style banks, mansion and trading houses which left a permanent architectural legacy.

 

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The city has flourished as a thriving commercial and cosmopolitan and financial center in 1920s and 1930s. In spite of being cradle of the Chinese Communism, this city has been neglected during the Cultural Revolution that took place in 1960s and 1970s. In the year 1990, it was chosen for spearheading the reform of modern China and opening up resulting in the intense development. This city has also been the inspiration for the films, novels and cocktails. It is the most evocative city for visiting for an outsider. Beijing might be the more mysterious but Shanghai offers the semi-mythical and half-understood images.

 

It is always fun to visit to Shanghai. The commercial river- Huangpu, which is a tributary of Yangtze River is lined up having galleries of different architecture called the Bund which beckons curious visitors and locals alike. It was erected during many periods and varies in styles such as Gothic, Baroque or Romanesque, fifty tow buildings stand together in Harmony. When the night falls, the Tow most famous buildings- the Peace Hotel and Bank of China Building are bathed in the lavender light and are telling witness to the past century of Bund. Garden estates, clubs, mansions and cathedrals are scattered throughout the city which were build by the Westerners.

Museum in Shanghai

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is the veritable treasure house of the ancient Chinese area and housing more than 120,000 precious relics. Pottery, Bronzes, calligraphy

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

and paintings are some of the distinctive features of the collection of Museum. This Museum looks like a large bronze mirror of the Han Dynasty when seen from the above. It also looks like a bronze Ding from the distance which is an ancient cooking vessel containing many mementos of the about 5000 year old history of the civilization of China.

 

Jewish Refugees Museum

Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum is located in the district of Hongkou at the Changyang Road. It was built in the memory of the Jewish refugees who sought sanctuary from massacre during the Second World War. It is placed in the former Ohel Mosche Synagogue. It is the place where the Jewish refugees gathered for the religious activities. This museum has many scrolls as well as other cultural relics.

The prototype of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue was built in 1927 It was previously the headquarters fo the Jewish Youth Organization in the form year 1937 to 1941. Shanghai has over 25 thousand Jewish refugees and it is the only metropolis in the world who has welcomed Jews as refugee. The number of Jewish refugees that is taken by this city equals the number in total taken by New Zealand, Australia, India, Canada and South Africa. Ohel Moshe Synagogue has now become a synonym for refuge or rescue.

Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum

Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum

You can visit more museum like The Site of the First national Congress of the CPC, Song Qingling, , The Former Residences of Sun Yat-sen, The Memorial Hall of Fushou Garden, Chenyun and Pingpu Revolutionary Memorial Hall and some specialized museums like Automotive museum, Tobacco Museum, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Science and Technology Museum.

 

 

Famous historic and cultural site in Shanghai

Longhua Park

It is located on the Longhua Road which is at the south of the City and famous for the ancient Longhua Temple and Longhua Pagoda, the Evening Bell Striking Ceremony as well as the peach blossoms. The visitors can see the modern architecture and historical sites of the city. The neighboring water towns like Qibao Ancient Town and Zhujiajiao Ancient town are the famous attractions. You can enjoy another world where the ancient houses are huddled by the rivers running through this town and paved road. You will feel the typical local flavors and will surely slow your pace as you will savor their tradition.

Longhua

Longhua

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

This town is located in the suburb of the Shanghai City and is an ancient water town which is famous as it has the history of more than 1700 years. It covers an area of 47 kilometers and it emerges as the bright pearl in the landscapes for the lakes and mountains.

Also known as the Pearl Stream, this town is very well preserved among the other ancient towns of Shanghai. It has unique old bridges across the bubbling streams, small rivers by side the willow tree and houses having courtyards. You can easily escape from the hustles of the modern city to this brand new world of the leisure, antiquity and tranquility.

Jiang’an Temple

Located at the west Nanjing Road and the flourishing downtown area of Shanghai, Jig’an Temple is one of the most popular temples in shanghai. It was put on the list of the key national protection in the year 1983. This temple has history of over 780 years and was built during the period of Three Kingdoms Period at first and called as Hudu Chongyuan Temple. It was moved to its present location from bank of Wusong River in during the Southern Song Dynasty.

Jiang’an Temple

Jiang’an Temple

Other historical and cultural sites are Qibao Ancient Town, Confucius Temple, Shanghai Old Street, Fengjing Ancient Town, Ancient Yi Garden and Shikumen Residence.

 

Top Attraction in Shanghai

The Bund and Huangpu River

Huangpu River is the mother river of Shanghai which also divides the city into eastern and western parts and assembles the splendid attractions of this city. Bund is situated on the east bank of the Huangpu River and is a symbol of Shanghai. There are many finance and commercial houses and grand buildings are build in 1930s in European architecture style along the Bund. You can enjoy the night bright light adding happiness to the atmosphere there.

Bund

Bund

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road is considered as the No. 1 commercial street of China. It has been a landmark for this city for a very long time.  You can find more than 600 shops along the 5.5 km long Road and about 1.7 million people visit here each day. You can purchase everything that you want which span from special to cheap to luxury goods and world famous brands.

Yuyuan Garden

This garden is the largest ancient garden of Shanghai and having the architectural style of Ming and Qing Dynasty. The Garden has six areas and each one having its own style. The center of the garden is The Grand Rockery which is a very renowned sight. The City God Temple is situated near the garden where you can find a number of local snack shops scattered around.

Yuyan Garden

Yuyan Garden

Jae Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist Temples in Shanghai.  The White jade Buddhas were brought from Burma to here in the 19th Century. One is it is seated while the others are in the position of Sakyamuni recumbent which symbolizes the attainment of nirvana or enlightenment of Buddha. This temple also has the impressive images of the Heavenly Kings.

Xin Tian DI

Xin Tian Di is the best choice if you want to experience the cultural and historic atmosphere of the city. It is composed of Shikumen and modern architectural style and one of the hot and fashionable streets in the centre of the city. It stands for the leisurely and popular lifestyle of the new generation of the city. You can find a number of bars, cafes and romantic restaurants all over this place.

Shanghai Delicious Food—Do not Miss Them!

Having experienced the wonderful Yangtze River, you will reach the prosperous metropolis—Shanghai! That’s right! It is an amazing city in China that features beautiful scenery, wonderful nightlife and also delicious food! It will undoubtedly be an enjoyable and perfect trip in China to taste the delicious and local Shanghai cuisines after appreciating the thrilling Yangtze River cruise. So, here just follow me to find out the tasty Shanghai food so as to satisfy your appetite!

Shanghai Xiaolongbao

Shanghai Xiaolongbao

For those tasty Shanghai foods, what should be recommended to you are the “Shengjianbao” and “Xiaolongbao”. The Shengjianbao is a kind of breakfast of buns including Shengjian Mantou and Guotie, when you eat you should dip them into black vinegar or soy sauce. In addition, the Luobo Sibing or those pancake stuffed with radish strips are also most popular and favorable breakfast preferred by those local residents. For the Xiaolongbao, also known as dumplings, is another kind of delicacy in Shanghai. When eating it, you will find it a kind of steamed bun full of pork or minced crab and even soup. Here is a common way to taste it, that is, bite the top off, suck all the soup, then dipping it in vinegar before eating—it is really tasty!

Shanghai Shengjianbao

Shanghai Shengjianbao

Besides the Shengjianbao and Xiaolongbao, what will also be highly recommended is the seafood there. Yes, of course the crawfish and hairy crab. These two kinds of seafood are so popular among the locals in summer which will cool you down in the high temperature in Shanghai.Just go and visit the Tongchuan Lu seafood market strip, where you can test and refine your haggling skills. Choose your lovely and favorite seafood there and take them to any restaurant there, where the chefs will make it delicious for your meal.

If it is the spring time when you travel to Shanghai, do not miss the Niangao there. It is soft and chewy and stir-fried with leeks and pork, or for special occasions mixed with pieces of hairy crab in a sweet brown concoction—it is really delicious which worthy your taste.

Ideal Hotels for Your Tour in Shanghai

 

Hyatt on the Bund

Hyatt on the Bund

Shanghai, a metropolis in China and a must-go city for almost every foreigners, features so many famous attractions such as the Yuyuan Garden, the Band, the Zhujiajiao Water Town, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Xintiandi etc. to make you tour here fulfilled and wonderful. I’m sure you are eager to have a visit to all of these famous attractions within your 2 or 3 day Shanghais tour, right? If so, in order to be energetic and excited all the time to meet all these beautiful scenery, what you have to do is choose an ideal and comfortable hotel which will make you have sweet night and enjoyable stay. Here are some recommended hotels for you to choose from for your Shanghai tour.

Pudong Shangri-La

Pudong Shangri-La

For those how want to enjoy the incredible views in the bathtubs, Pudong Shangri-La and Hyatt on the Bund are the best choice. Pudong Shangri-La is located amidst the Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone and features various high-standard equipment and recreational facilities such as two state-of-the-art fitness centers boasting a gymnasium, Spa swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, luxurious CHI and steam bath. Moreover, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Huangpu River, Lujiazui, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the historic Bund and the surrounding Pudong skyline from the window of your room when staying in the bathtubs there. Hyatt on the Bund, also features a Yuan Spa and other various recreational facilities such as indoor swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness facility, is also a good choice for you to enjoy the fascinate view in your hotel bathtubs. Appreciate the majestic panoramic views of the Bund and Pudong across the Huangpu River when having a shower in bathtub, so amazing!

the Peninsula Shanghai

the Peninsula Shanghai

Besides, the Peninsula Shanghai, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai and Park Hyatt Shanghai are also good considerations for your Shanghai tour. For the Peninsula Shanghai, you will enjoy the beautiful view of the Bund, Lujiazui skyline and Huangpu River and have a comfortable stay here at a affordable price at the same time; Staying in the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, the stunning views of the Bund, the grand oriental pearl TV Tower, and the surrounding space-age skyline will make your stay here wonderful and comfortable, and you can also get an easy access to the Yu Gardens and Century Park; When comes to the Park Hyatt Shanghai—the world’s highest hotel situated near the Shanghai World Financial Center, you will have an unparalleled bird’s eye views of the whole city easily from its lofty heights, which will make your stay here unforgettable and unbelievable.

Grand-Hyatt-Shanghai

Grand-Hyatt-Shanghai

Comfortable stay will make your trip much more enjoyable and easy, so, just choose the suitable one for your tour in Shanghai; I’m sure you will enjoy yourself in this beautiful metropolis.

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