Shanghai is a newly-emerging tourist city with profound cultural connotation and numerous historical heritages, where the unique Culture has been formed by combining tradition of South China with immigration culture.
Shanghai dedicates itself to becoming an international tourist, financial and shipping center since the World Expo successfully held in 2010, and it is suitable for travelling throughout the year. Shanghai has a semi-humid climate with clearly distinctive four seasons, which is characterized by a warm spring and a cool autumn, a hot summer and a cold winter
Spring in Shanghai
Spring is a good season to breathe fresh air in the garden and walk on the grassland in Shanghai, which will not only gladden the hearts of visitors, but also it refreshes their mind. The recommended scenic spots in spring are the Grand View Garden, Shanghai Botanical Garden and Guyi Garden.
Shanghai Grand View Garden
Designed by top-level architects and aestheticians by combining techniques of Chinese classical architecture and Chinese traditional Gardening as one, Shanghai Grand View Garden is true to Cao Xueqin’s description in his literary works Dream of the Red Chamber, from courtyards to temples to gardens to rivers and even to plants.
Centered with the Grand View Tower, Shanghai Grand View Garden is dotted with pavilions, terraces, towers and bridges, highlighted by the stone archway of Visiting–Parents Villa, the Happy Red Courtyard, the Bamboo Lodge, the Verdant Green Pavilion, the Paddy-Sweet Cottage and the Pear Fragrance Courtyard.
Location: No. 701, Jinshanggong Road, Qingpu District, Shanghai
Admission fee: 60 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from April 1 to October 31; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November 1 to March 31
Transport: bus (游) 4 will take you there from Shanghai Stadium
Shanghai Botanical Garden
As the largest one of its kind in China, Shanghai Botanical Garden is home to over 3,000 species of plants, and it’s a comprehensive botanical garden with plant introduction, gardening research and popular science education combined as one.
Shanghai Botanical Garden is divided into 15 areas, including Plant Introduction Area, Environment Protection Area, Bonsai Area, Herbal Area, Exhibiting Greenhouse Area, Orchid Area, Greening Demonstration Area and Plant Tower. Seventeen theme gardens are open to the public, including Medicinal Herb Garden, Orchid Garden, Peony Garden, Azalea Garden, Rose Garden, Osmanthus Garden, Bamboo Garden, Pine and Cypress Garden and Fern Garden. It is also a wonderful place for photographers, where the flower fairs are held regularly in spring.
Location: No. 1111, Longwu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Admission fee: 15 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 56, 714, 720, 770, 820, 824, 958, 178, 956 and 973 will take you there
Shanghai Guyi Garden
Initially serving as a private garden in the Emperor Jiajing’s reign in the Ming Dynasty, Guyi Garden has an antique flavor with a history of over 400 years old, which is known for its green bamboo forest, clear water and elegant architectural buildings of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties.
Shanghai Guyi Garden is composed of six areas, Yiye Hall, Goose Playing Pool (Xi’e Pool), Pine Crane Garden (Songhe Garden), Qingqing Garden, Mandarin Duck Lake and Flying-to-South Screen (Nanxiang Screen). In addition, two Sutra Pillars are available in the garden, each of which has a history of over 1,000 years.
Location: No. 218, Huyi Road, Nanxiang Town, Jiading District, Shanghai
Admission fee: 12 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 562, 822 and (游) 6A will take you there from Shanghai downtown
Summer in Shanghai
Summer in Shanghai is very hot, which is a wonderful time for visitors to explore the beauty of Chongming Island. Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden are also highly recommended to you during your Shanghai trip in summer.
As the portal of the Yangtze River and a land flowing with milk and honey, Chongming Island is the largest alluvial island in the world, and it’s an ideal place for visitors to escape heat, watch stars and spend holiday during summer.
Chongming Island is dotted with many places of interest, including Yingzhou Park, Zhan Garden, the Golden Turtle Mountain (Jin’ao Mountain), Confucius Temple, the Tomb of Yi Cen, Longevity and Peace Temple (Shou’an Temple), the Classic Battleground. It’s joy to climb the causeway to appreciate sunrise in the morning and watch sunset in the evening on the island. Dongping Forest farm is also developed on the island, which boasts of being the largest man-made forest in east China.
Location: at the estuary of the Yangtze River, north Shanghai
Admission fee: free
Opening hours: all day long
Transport: a ship from Wusong Pier will take you there
As a private garden in the Ming Dynasty, Yu Garden is home to over 40 ancient architectural buildings, all of which are delicately designed and proportionally distributed, including Sansui Hall (Three Tossel Hall), Listening-to-Tide Pavilion, Deyue Hall, Bihan Tower, Bihan Tower and the Ancient Stage.
A number of brick carvings, stone carvings, clay sculptures and wood carvings are scattered in the garden, highlighted by the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea, the Moon Palace, Taking a Plum Tree as Wife and Cranes as Children, Going to the Capital for the Imperial Examination, all of which are of a high aesthetic value. A number of ancient calligraphic works and paintings of famous people are also well-retained in the garden.
Location: No. 137, Anren Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Admission fee: 40 RMB /Person from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from April 1 to June 30 and from October 1 to November 30; 30 RMB /Person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from December 1 to March 31 next year and from July 1 to August 31.
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from April 1 to June 30 and from October 1 to November 30; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from December 1 to March 31 next year and from July 1 to August 31.
Transport: bus 11, 26, 304, 64, 736, 801, 805, 920, 926 and 930
Jade Buddha Temple
Built in 1918, the harmoniously-structured Jade Buddha Temple is in a magnificent style, where the major buildings are distributed along its central axis, including the Hall of Heavenly King, the Hall of Grand Buddha and the Hall of Jade Buddha. A 1.9-meter tall statue of Sakyamuni is enshrined in the Hall of Jade Buddha, which is made from a white jade weighting 1,000 kilograms.
On the sides of the central axis stand the Hall of Reclining Buddha, the Hall of Kway-yin, the Hall of Bronze Buddha and the Dinning Hall. A number of stone Buddhist scriptures are retained in the temple, highlighted by a set of Tibetan Tripitaka carved during the Qing Dynasty.
Location: No. 170, Anyuan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Admission fee: 20 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 13, 19, 24, 36, 54, 63, 68, 76, 105, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506 and 516
Autumn in Shanghai
Autumn is cool but short in Shanghai, which is a wonderful season to explore the historical element and the modern element of Shanghai, and you’re advised to visit the Bund, the People’s Square and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower at this time of year.
The 1.5-kilometer long Shanghai Bund faces the Huangpu River to the east and neighbors the World Architecture Expo Cluster to the west, where classical element and the modern element meet, and it’s a symbol of Shanghai.
The World Architecture Expo Cluster is composed of 52 buildings of various styles, including Tower of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Peaceful Hotel, Customs Tower, Tower of Bank of China and Shanghai Mansion. Shanghai Bund is close to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower, all of which are must-visit scenic spots for visitors.
Location: Zhongshan East One Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Admission fee: free
Opening hours: all day long.
Transport: 55, 910, 65, 64, 801, 37, 921, 20, 42, 145, 123, 251, 71, 26, 24, 930 and 33
Shanghai People's Square
People’s Square is the political, cultural and transport center of Shanghai, which can accommodate about 1.2 million people for assembly, and it’s a garden-style square of China.
A number of famous landmarks are built in the square, in the north, northwest, northeast and south of which stand Shanghai Municipal People's Government Office Building, Shanghai Grand Theater, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Shanghai Museum respectively, with People’s Road running across the square. It’s very convenient for visitors to take a walk on Nanjing Road Walking Street from the square.
Location: Huangpu District, Shanghai city center
Admission fee: free
Opening hours: all day long.
Transport: 46, 49, 112, 123, 145, 312, 916 and 952
Winter in Shanghai
Shanghai is very cold in winter with the coldest temperature of -12.1℃, during which you’d better explore some indoor scenic spots, and Shanghai Zoo and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum are highly recommended.
With an area of 74 hectares, Shanghai Zoo is the second largest zoo (next to Beijing Zoo) in China, which is home to over 6,000 animals of over 600 species, highlighted by Chinese rare animals such as deer, giant pandas, golden monkeys, Manchurian tigers and Yangtze alligator. A large number of wild animals from all over the world are also introduced into the zoo, including kangaroos, giraffes, penguins, hippopotamuses, sea lions, ostriches, African lions and pumas. In addition, the regular animal-training performances are also held regularly in the zoo.
Location: No. 2381, Hongqiao Road, Changning District, Shanghai
Admission fee: 40 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from March 1 to October 31; 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from November 1 to March 31 next year
Transport: bus 57, 91, 328, 519, 709, 721, 739, 748, 809, 911 and 936
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Shanghai Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is the sixth one of its kind in the world, after the ones in London, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, New York and Hong Kong, and it’s famous all over the world for its vivid waxworks of celebrities from all over the world. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is composed of seven exhibit themes, Behind the Scenes, Shanghai Charm, Historical Celebrities and National Leaders, Movies, Music, Sports and Speed.
Over 70 celebrities from all over the world are exhibited in the museum, including Yao Ming, Jack Chen, Tom Cruise, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, David Beckham and Michael Jordan, and you are not only allowed to take photos with them, but you’ll have an opportunity to learn from famous waxwork artists.
Location: the 10th floor, New World Mansion, No. 2-68, Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Admission fee: 150 RMB /Person
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 20, 330, 37, 921, 108, 18, 321, 318, 46, 518, 802, 916, 952, 805 and 930