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How to Experience Shanghai in One Day

Last updated by meimeili at 2013/10/22; Destinations:

Shanghai is very rich in natural scenic spots, modern cultural relics and folk customs, which is also the first choice for those who’ve never been to China owing to its geographical position and international prestige.

Supposing that you’ve just have one day in Shanghai, you also want to get the most out of your travel. You’re highly recommended to visit this modern city according the following itinerary we meticulously design for you: exploring Yuyuan Garden in the morning, walking on Nanjing Road and Renming Square in the afternoon and taking a stroll along the Bund in the evening.

Yuyuan Garden

As a well-retained classical garden in the south of Yangtze River, Yuyuan Garden was built by Pan Yunduan in the 38th year (1559) of the Jiajing Emperor’s (1507 -1567) reign and expanded in the 5th year (1577) of the Shenzong Emperor’s (1563 -1620) reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644), and it’s among the top four culture markets of China along with Beijing Panjiayuan Second-Hand Market, Beijing Colored Glaze Workshop (Beijing Liulichang) and Nanjing Confucian Temple.

Over 40 scenic spots are available in the garden, represented by Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall Bridge of Nine Turnings, Mid-Lake Pavilion and Inner Garden. Sansui Hall highlights a 12 -meter (39- feet) tall rockery (called the Grand Rockery), which has caves, gorges, cliffs and peaks. Dianchun Hall served as the headquarters of the Small Swords Society in 1853.

In addition, 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 and the Moon Palace.

Location: No. 132, Anren Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai, with Fuyou Road to the north, Shanghai City God Temple to the west
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Transport: bus 11, 26, 64, 66, 920, 926, 929 and 930
Ticket: 30 RMB /Person, 10 RMB for kids

Yuyuan Garden

During the midday, you’re highly recommended to visit Shanghai City God Temple Market (near Yuyuan Garden), where you not only can eat the authentic Shanghai-style snacks, but also you can purchase various local specialties and souvenirs.

Shanghai People’s Square

As a landscape-style square with politics, culture, commerce and transport combined as one, Shanghai People’s Square is the successor of Shanghai Race Course, and it’s mainly composed of Shanghai Municipal Building in the north, Shanghai New Museum in the south, Shanghai Grand Theater in the northwest, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall in the northeast, with a 600 meters long (0.4 miles) and 32 meters (0.02 miles) wide granite-paved avenue (People’s Avenue) stretching from east to west in the middle

Shanghai People’s square is also carpeted by green lawns and flower beds, among which the fountains, sculptures, artistic lamp-stands and stone chairs are dotted.

If you want to know more about the development of modern Shanghai, you’re highly recommended to visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (30 RMB /Person), and it combines exhibition, research and recreation with education perfectly as one, where a Shanghai city model made to a scale of 1/500 is available, so you can better know the development of Shanghai from the Republic of China to now and even beyond.

In addition, the “1930 Shanghai Folk Street” is available below Shanghai People’s Square, where you can appreciate the Shanghai-style cityscape of the 1930s.

Location: No. 742, Guangdong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening hours: all day long
Transport: bus 167, 18, 37, 321, 318, 451, 49, 802, 805, 930, 108, 980 and 518
Ticket : free  

Nanjing Road Walking Street

As a new landscape in Shanghai, Nanjing Road Walking Street starts at Xizang Central Road to the west and ends at Henan Central Road to the east, with a crimson marble memorial at each end, both of which read “Nanjing Road Walking Street” (written by the former chairman of China, Jiang Zemin).

The tall mansions, department stores and specialty stores are distributed on the street, including the First Department Store of Shanghai, Yong’an Mansion, Shanghai Fashion Mansion and the First Food Store of Shanghai. A wide range of goods of worldwide brand names assemble on the street, featuring high quality, fashionable and expensive, which are really a feast to the eyes.

At the end of Nanjing Road Walking Street is the world-famous Shanghai Bund, from which you can overlook the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Location: Nanjing Road Walking Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai,
Opening hours: all day long
Transport: bus 20, 37, 921, 18, 17, 22, 55, 21, 23, 49, 167, 330, 805, 921 and 14
Ticket: free

Shanghai Bund

The 1.5-kilometer (0.9- mile) long Shanghai Bund starts from Baidu Bridge in the north to Jinling East Road in the south, backing on the Huangpu River in the east and facing 52 mansions of various styles in the west, whose charm lies in its architectural complex (also known as international architecture exhibition).

The architectural complex is highlighted by Bank of China Building, the Peace Hotel, China’s Customs Building, HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) Building, which fully recreate the charm of “Wall Street in Far East” (as it was called).

At dusk, you’re highly recommended to take a stroll along the Bund for one hour, overlooking the new look of Lujiazui Financial Area of Pudong and appreciating the fine view along the Huangpu River. After dinning at KFC, you’re advised to visit the Oriental Pearl Tower (70 RMB /Person) through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (20 RMB /Person). Standing on the sightseeing deck of the tower offers you a panoramic night view of Shanghai.

Location: Zhongshan East Ring Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai,
Opening hours: all day long
Transport: bus 20, 26, 37, 42, 55, 65, 135, 145, 868, 910 and 921
Ticket : free