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City Guide : ShanghaiSurrounded by the East China Sea on the east, Hangzhou Bay on the south and located on Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai is a city at the west part of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Living a registered population boom after the resplendent economic achievements in the last 15 years, the city is the most populous city of PRC. Shanghai is one of the fundamental commercial, cultural, financial and industrial center of the country. It is the economic and trade center, a large industrial hub and the major sea port of China. Over 200 international companies are operating at the city. After the People's Republic of China opened up its markets to the world in 1980s Shanghai has got the attention of the world through its dramatic economic accomplishments and the transformation that the cityscape has lived after 1990s. The city has more skyscrapers than New York. Shanghai is the representative for the modern China.
Tourist AttractionsAlthough Shanghai is not as wealthy as Beijing in terms of the historical sites, however, the cityscape of the city is dotted by the skyscrapers most of which was built after 1990s. With its this facet, Shanghai outshines New York. Temples, gardens and the high-rise buildings representing the new face of Shanghai are fascinating.
The New Bund stretching along Huangpu River which divides the city into two parts is a thoroughfare of kilometers long. Residing as one of the best reflections of the modern Shanghai, genuine Chinese and Western architecture forms are lined up along this main street.
Jin Mao Tower, Orient Pearl Broadcasting and Television Tower are the two best examples of the city's skyscrapers. While Jin Mao Tower has 88 stories above and 3 stories under the ground the Oriental Pearl Tower stands as the highest TV tower in Asia.
Jade Buddha Temple placed at Jing'an is one of the active temples of Shanghai built in 1882. Inside the temple, 1.9 meter-high and 3.4 meter-wide jade statue including Sakyamuni who is the founder of Buddhism is found.
Shanghai Museum harboring about 120.000 valuable pieces has a rich collection reflecting the history of China. Shanghai Art Museum has a collection of modern works, Chinese traditional arts and pop art.
Fuxing Park, Yuyuan Garden and People's Square are the main open space areas of the city.
Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town located in the south of Yangtze River is a little tranquil town. This antiquate location is one of the ideal places for the ones looking for comfort and leisure.
Culture & Entertainment
Shanghai is the cultural and artistic center of China. Chinese cinema and theater take their roots in Shanghai. The city played a catalyst role for the cultural evolution of China through cinema. Shanghai's culture is the composition of the Western and Asian motives.
Shanghai Municipal Performance Company, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Ballet Company, Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Concert Hall and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra are among the main music components of the city.
Shanghai is the pioneer of the Chinese theater. Shanghai Grand Theater, Majestic Theater, and Dramatic Arts Center Theater are among the fundamental theatrical centers of the city. Kunqu, Yue, Beijing, Xi, Hu, Huai, Yong, and Shao operas are the special to the Chinese culture dramas staged in the city.
The Chinese literature was born in Shanghai. Lu Xun (1881-1936) is the founder of the modern Chinese literature. The museum at Shangying Lu is honored to the writer. Honkou Park is home to his tomb.
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Lantern Festival, Shanghai Tea Culture Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Shanghai Beer Festival, Shanghai Tourism Festival and Annual International Arts Festival are several examples from the myriad celebrations held in the city.
Badminton, cycling, tennis, swimming, golf, angling, shooting, natatorium, skating, billiard, bowling are the examples of the entertainment options offered by the city. Especially, Huangpu River Cruise accompanied by the gorgeous views from the city is something that you should definitely experience.
In addition to trendy cinemas and magnificent theaters, the city is filled with dance halls, nightclubs, bars and discos. The neon lights and laser lights illuminating the sky of the city enlivens the nightlife experienced at the city.
Food & DrinkBoth local and international cuisines offer a great range of flavours for every taste. Sugar, oil, soy sauce and seafood are among the main supplies of the city cuisine. International restaurants and coffee houses are pervasive at the city. Japanese, sushi bars, American fast food restaurants, Italian pizza huts, Korean, French, Russian and German restaurants are a few examples of the foreign cuisines available at the city.
Yunnan and Zhapu Gourmet Streets and Old Town Bazaar are the popular places for local palates and snacks.
Some flavors from the Shanghai cuisine;
Xunyu (smoked fish), kaofu (braised gluten), xiaolong bao (steamed pork dumplings with gelatinous broth), jiucai hezi (leek pie), chao niangao (fried rice cakes), Shanghai cu chaomian (Shanghai fried thick noodles), meicai kourou (braised pork with preserved vegetables), shuijing xiaren (crystal prawns), dousha subing (red bean paste in flaky pastry)...
ShoppingIn addition to its urban scenery, Shanghai attracts millions of tourists via its shopping world. The city is a shopper's paradise. Department stores, specialized stores, speciality streets, Shanghai bookstores, shopping malls, the city markets, art and craft stores all offer innumerable shopping experiences.
City Supermarket (food, drink, pharmaceutical...), Nanjing West Road No 580 Ornament Market, Dondtai Rd Antique Market, Fuyou Antique Market, Yu Garden Bazaar and Lujiabanglu Komas and Fabric Market are among the significant shopping markets of the city.
Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, Sichuan Road, Zhangyang Lu and Fuzhou Road are the main shopping streets of Shanghai.
The city rose before me in all its glory as I headed towards my hotel at Pudong, known as the financial center with its towering highrises and skyscrapers. I felt on was on the set of a science fiction film as we proceeded down the giant winding highways where overpass overloops overpass. After I settled into my hotel, the receptionist gave me a card with the names of the city’s major landmarks and their Chinese equivalents. He told me I had to use this in order to communicate with taxi drivers, and I came to appreciate the value of this card as the days passed insofar as it is no easy task to find a taxi driver who either knows English or can understand your pronunciation of the Chinese names. But they are extremely friendly and helpful nonetheless. If you prefer to avoid taxis, there is an excellent underground network with 9
FROM FISHING VILLAGE TO WORLD CAPITAL
Shanghai was a tiny fishing village until the beginning of the 20th century. In the period of the Republic it started to become known for politics, art and culture. Following the Communist revolution of 1949, the city center waned in vitality under heavy government taxation and the departure of the foreign investors. Until, that is, the founding of the Shanghai stock market in 1990, upon which the central government lent the city its full support to revive the market economy and Shanghai became the locomotive of growth of China’s economy and current level of economic power. The rapid economic growth that followed fanned foreign and Chinese migration to this great port city. But Shanghai is one of the rare cities that has succeeded in coping with the problems associated with such growth. With its skyscrapers, its modern lifestyle and its art and cultural activities, Shanghai is the symbol of China’s economic development. Preparing to host the Expo 2010 World Trade Fair from May to October 2010, Shanghai is a prime candidate for capital of the global economy.
THE ORIENTAL PEARL TV TOWER
The best way to understand what a city is like is to go to its highest point, and I do the same here. The 468-meter Oriental Pearl TV tower with its stunning architecture has become an icon of the city, and it’s possible to view the urban panorama from the revolving restaurant at its top.
STEEPED IN HISTORY
The Huangpu river separates Pudong from the Puxi district where the old settlements are located, and the Yangpu, Nanpu, Xupu, Lupu suspension bridges join them. You can take a boat tour through the city on the Huangpu, but I chose to walk along the river since it is here that the buildings begin to be steeped in history. This is the area that was called ‘the Bund’, and the stone structures along the embankment here, which call to mind traditional European cities, date back to the 1920’s when Shanghai was used by foreign countries as a financial hub. This part of the river was in any case the city’s old harbor. Like an open-air museum, all the buildings here display plaques explaining when, by whom, and for what purpose they were built, and illumined by night the view is particularly spectacular. Immediately to the west of the Bund, the 0 area known as East Nanjing Road Pedestrian area is Shanghai’s busiest and most congested district since this is the first place that comes to mind at the mention of shopping. Everybody you see here has their hands and arms full, which is not unusual when you consider the foreign tourists that come here in droves simply for economical shopping.
Wang, from whom I buy chicken on a skewer in the street, says I definitely must visit Xin Tian Di. Having come here from Manchuria in the north, he peddles street food rather than working at a more tiring and lower paying job in the coal mines. Shanghai has absorbed thousands of migrants from the provinces just like Wang. Heeding Wang’s advice, I stroll towards Xin Tian Di, not a little envious of the bicyclists whizzing past me. There are some 12 million bicycles in Shanghai. Xin Tian Di means ‘New, Heaven, Earth’. Seeing its one and two-story buildings, constructed of the grey brick typical of classical Shikumen (stone gate) style architecture, relaxes my neck a little, which aches from craning to gaze at skyscrapers. Cafes, restaurants, teahouses, art galleries, movie theaters and shopping centers crowd this district with its long square open only to pedestrian traffic. A display of a turquoise design called ‘Turkish Blue’ in one of the shops on the square confirms that Shanghai lies at the heart of globalization.
YU YUAN GARDEN
Yu Yuan Garden in this part of Shanghai, which we could term the old city, has been well preserved ever since the 16th century. This is a virtual fairytale land of winding paths, traditional Chinese stone buildings with ceramic tiles and dragon motifs, a diversity of plants unique to the Far East, and colorful fish swimming in pools.
A mansion at the exit, built in the middle of a pond where the cinema classic Teahouse of the August Moon was filmed, continues to serve tea and coffee. There’s good reason to try the jasmine tea here, which exudes a particularly fine aroma when made with cold water.
Shanghai impressed me profoundly as a modern metropolis where past and present and the culture of East and West come together in a harmonious blend. On the return I am thinking on the one hand about my experiences in this magical city and on the other feeling sad that I’m going to miss the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century, which will last for almost seven minutes on July 22nd.
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