What to see in Shanghai?

Shanghai has plenty of attractions on offer: from colonial architecture, classical Chinese gardens to modern skyscrapers, tranquil temples, brilliant museums, art galleries and much more

the bund – 外滩

the bund – 外滩

the bund is an embarked waterfront along the bank of huangpu river in huangpu district on the puxi side, stretching from iconic century old waibaidu bridge in the north to yanan road in the south.
located north of the former old chinese town, the bund was the heart of the international settlement, its buildings mostly dating back to the twenties of last century. at that time home to trading houses and banks amongst others, the buildings are now mainly occupied by banks, high-end restaurants, hotels and luxury shops.

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Yu garden (Yuyuan) – 豫园

Yu garden (Yuyuan) – 豫园

quaint classical chinese garden complex in the heart of the old chinese town, south of the bund. the garden was built by a rich ming family in the 16th century and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the last few centuries.

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pudong lujiazui: shanghai tower, swfc, jinmao

pudong lujiazui: shanghai tower, swfc, jinmao

lujiazui, the financial district on the pudong side with its impressive skyline just opposite to the bund is now a symbol of shanghai’s financial power. it is hard to imagine that the whole area was mainly farmlands until a few decades ago. only the opening of economic zone in the early nineties started a huge transformation process. the most famous highrise buildings include shanghai tower (the second highest building in the world), the shanghai world financial center, jinmao tower and the oriental pearl tv tower.

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Shanghai Museum – 上海博物館

Shanghai Museum – 上海博物館

established in 1952, since 1996 at its current location close to people’s square in a building resembling a ding, an ancient cooking vessel, the shanghai museum has an impressive collection of more than 130,000 precious art objects. permanent exhibitions comprise exhibits of ancient bronze, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, jades, calligraphy, seals, coins, ming and qing dynasty furniture as well as chinese minorities’ arts.

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Longhua temple – 龙华寺

Longhua temple – 龙华寺

the buddhist longhua temple with origins as early as the 3th century, but rebuilt several times since then, is the largest temple complex in shanghai comprising five main halls built in song style. the bell tower houses a several tons heavy copper bell.

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m50 moganshan road – m50 莫干山路

m50 moganshan road – m50 莫干山路

creative park besides suzhou creek (entrance at 50 moganshan rd), the complex of formerly deserted factories and warehouses started its transformation into an art space in the year 2000 and is now home to more than one hundred modern and contemporary art studios and galleries open to public.

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tianzifang – 田子坊

tianzifang – 田子坊

tianzifang (sometimes also referred to as taikang road) is a complex of of narrow quaint alleys and shikumen (stone gate) houses, originally a residential area built in the thirties, which has been transformed into a block filled with numerous small craft stores, art studios, restaurants and coffee shops, next to local residents’ homes.

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xintiandi – 新天地

xintiandi – 新天地

xintiandi is an upscale entertainment and shopping complex, consisting of rebuilt houses in traditional shikumen style in the north block turned into cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. in the south section there is a modern shopping mall.

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rockbund art museum – 上海外滩美术馆

rockbund art museum – 上海外滩美术馆

Rockbund Art Museum 20 huqiu road 虎丘路20号 metro line 2/10: nanjing east road (exit 6) tue-sun 1000-1800 (last admission 1730) regular ticket 50 rmbThe small Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) located in a beautiful six-storey renovated art deco building just off the bund is...

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fazangjiang temple – 法藏讲寺

fazangjiang temple – 法藏讲寺

this small active buddhist temple, built in 1929 after five years of construction, is a quiet oasis within walking distance from popular xintiandi entertainment district. unlike in some of the other more famous temples in shanghai, you are not likely to encounter hordes of tourists here, but rather share the temple grounds with active worshippers.

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jade buddha temple – 玉佛寺

jade buddha temple – 玉佛寺

the jade buddha temple is an active buddhist temple, relocated to its current position in early 20th century. it is most famous for its white jade buddha statues, particularly the sitting buddha made from one piece of burmese jade, which can be seen in the jade buddha chamber (no photos allowed). the whole complex is currently undergoing major renovations.

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long museum west bund – 龙美术馆 西岸

long museum west bund – 龙美术馆 西岸

the long museum west bund is the second art museum opened by chinese billionaire and art collector liu yiqian and his wife wang wei in shanghai. it is located on the western shore of huangpu river, in an impressive former industrial shipyard venue with 16,000 square meters of exhibition space in industrial style. the other museum is located in pudong.

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yuz museum – 余德耀美术馆

yuz museum – 余德耀美术馆

yuz museum, founded by chinese-indonesian entrepreneur and art collector budi tek, is located along shanghai’s west bund area in xuhui district. it is showing changing exhibitions from his comprehensive collection of contemporary art.

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