It’s an exotic way to travel by sidecar to explore modern elements and the traditional elements of Shanghai, which has become more and more attractive to visitors in recent years, especially to aliens who visit China for the first time.
As a matter of fact, a number of sidecar travel routes have been developed by travel agencies of Shanghai, of which the most classic one starts with Jinling East Road and ends with Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, and the sidecar passes by the Bund, the Garden Bridge, Shanghai Mansion, the Suzhou River, Old Millfun 1933 and Xiahai Temple successively.
Highlights of Shanghai Classic Sidecar Tour
1. Explore the charm of overhang buildings on Jinling East Road
2. Marvel at the World Architecture Expo on Shanghai Bund
3. Appreciate the fine views along the Huangpu River on Shanghai Garden Bridge
4. Admire classic buildings of a combination of Roman Basilican structure and Chinese traditional geomantic theory in the Old Millfun 1933
5. Experience fishermen’s worship toward Goddess Matsu of the Sea in Xiahai Temple
Jinling East Road
Jinling East Road is also known as the Consular Road with Renming Road in the south and Hankou Road in the north, which is famous in China for its exotic overhang buildings.
The overhang buildings were built for commerce and dwelling in a large scale on Jinling East Road at the beginning of the 20th century, which are a combination of Western classical architecture and Shanghai traditional architecture, featuring delicate arches and corridors that keep off the rain.
Riding along the street, visitors will have a strong sense of history, who will also better know what Shanghai looked like in the 20th century, and the commercial ambiance still remains rich on the street. You are recommended to visit it for about an hour by sidecar.
Shanghai Bund backs on the Huangpu River in the east and faces the World Architecture Expo in the west, which is noted for its international architecture cluster in the world, and it’s a must-visit scenic area during your Shanghai travel.
Traveling by sidecar along the Bund offers visitors a chance to appreciate a glimpse of modern Shanghai. Not only can visitors admire 52 famous architectural buildings of various styles along the Bund, highlighted by Asia Tower, Dongfeng Hotel, the Peach Hotel and the Custom Tower and HSBC Tower, but also visitors can appreciate the artistic statues on the way. The architectural buildings are strikingly harmonious in color, and visitors can also have a glimpse of silhouette of the Oriental Pearl Tower on the Bund. You are recommended to visit it for about an hour by sidecar.
Garden Bridge of Shanghai
The Garden Bridge lies west of Huangpu Park and strides over the Suzhou River, and it is steel-structured with a length of 52.16 meters and a width of 18.3 meters. The Garden Bridge is an important transport passage linking Huangpu and Hongqiao of Shanghai, which is also an ideal site for appreciating the fine views along the Suzhou River and the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai.
Not only can visitors appreciate cruisers sailing on the Suzhou River, but also they can see the Oriental Pearl Tower clearly across the Huangpu River, and it’s an ideal place to take photos of the Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai Mansion, therefore, you’re highly recommended to stop the sidecar for a while and take a souvenir photo. You are recommended to visit it for about half an hour.
Shanghai Mansion is the symbol of Shanghai and records the historical vicissitudes of Shanghai, which silently tells history of Shanghai along with the rolling Huangpu River, the undulating World Architecture Expo and the magnificent Oriental Pearl Tower.
Shanghai Mansion serves as a 5-starred hotel now, standing on the top of which offers visitors a fantastic view along the banks of the Huangpu River, the bustling Garden Bridge, the cruising ships and the skyscrapers. You are recommended to visit it for about half an hour.
The Suzhou River (initially known as the Wusong Jiang) witnesses the vicissitude of Pudong District, and it was the dividing line of the prosperous Shanghai concession and the dilapidated lanes in the 20th century, from which the foreigner used to go to Suzhou by boat, hence its name.
It’s joy to appreciate the historical architectural buildings along the Suzhou River by sidecar, including the former British Consulate Office, Broadway Mansion, Wenhui Museum, Guanglu Grand Theatet, and Post Office Tower, which set off the surroundings of the Suzhou River.
Built in 1920s, the seven-storied magnificent Post Office Tower is a classic eclectic architecture, whose roof is decorated with relief sculptures in Baroque style and columns are adorned in a Corinthian style. The hall on the second story of the tower is very spacious and splendid, and it boasted of being the First Hall of Far East then. You are recommended to visit it for about an hour by sidecar.
Old Millfun 1933
The concrete-structured Old Millfun 1933 served as a slaughter house, and it stands at 611, Liyang Road, Hongkou District of Shanghai.It is a classic building with Roman Basilican structure and Chinese traditional geomantic theory perfectly combined as one.
The Old Millfun 1933 is in a Basilican style on the whole, whose interior decoration agrees with Chinese traditional geomantic theory- the circular heaven and the square earth, and it is cool in summer and warm in winter by fully making use of principe of heat preservation.
The Old Millfun 1933 is also energy-conserving and environment-protective, where the highlights include the Umbrella-shaped Pillar, Gallery Bridge and Winding Stairs. You are recommended to visit it for about an hour.
Xiahai Temple was built in the Emperor Qianlong’s reign of the Qing Dynasty, where the local fishermen used to worship Goddess Matsu of the Sea to pray for a safe journey on the sea, and it’s still popular among the locals and foreigners alike now.
Xiahai Temple covers a construction area of 1,800 square meters, on whose right wall of the Main Gate the “Namo Amita Buddha” is carved, and it is divided into the Front Hall, the Rear Hall and the East Hall.
The statue of Sakyamuni is enshrined in the center of the Hall of Heavenly King, flanked by the statue of Kwan-yin in the east and the statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva in the west. The statues of Amitabha, Kwan-yin and Bodhisattva of Strength are enshrined in the Rear Hall, and the statue of Goddess Matsu of the Sea is enshrined in the East Hall. You are recommended to visit it for about an hour.
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
The three-storied Jewish Refugees Museum is the only historical relics of China to show the suffering of Jewish refugees during the WWII.
Over 30,000 Jewish refugees flooded into Shanghai to evade the persecution of German fascists during 1933 and 1941, when the Jewish Refugees Museum served as a gathering place of Jews, and it’s composed of Moses Synagogue and two exhibition halls. Moses Synagogue was the site for the Jews to hold religious rituals during the WWII.
More than 140 old photos and passports of Jewish refugees are exhibited on the exhibition halls, where visitors can also watch videos to know more about suffering of the Jews. It is recommended to visit it for about an hour.
What's more, you can tell us what you want to see by the sidecar and our travel advisor will help you tailor-make your sidecar tour.
1. Visitors are highly recommended to wear a helmet during Shanghai sidecar travel.
2. Visitors are supposed to pay the parking fee during visit sightseeing spots.
3. One sidecar is just for three persons at the maximum (including the driver).
4. Be careful and watch around before taking photos on the motorcycle.