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How to experience a local life in Shanghai?

Last updated by meimeili at 2013/11/28; Destinations: Shanghai

Shanghai at the heart of the 21th century

Traditional Shanghai

In the early morning promenade in the old Chinese city; at the centre of the Old City are the Chenghuang Temple and the Yu Garden, in which stands the Huxining Teahouse. The Jade Buddha Temple is a good place to go whether you are a Buddhist or not, the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere adds a kind of richness to our busy modern society.

Return in 1930s at the heart of the sinuous alleys of old Shanghai, followed by a dinner at Yongfoo Elite. Offer yourselves one night at the Fairmont Peace Hotel to end this retro day.

Futurist Shanghai at the heart of the 21th century

Make a boat trip and then climb on a skyscraper in Putong district for the astonishing view. Being the third tallest in mainland China, Jin Mao Tower is located in the centre of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong.
In the afternoon pace the diverse places dedicated to the Chinese contemporary art, Shanghai being actually to the heart of the contemporary creation. Have dinner at Mr and Mrs Bund and take advantage of the astonishing view over Putong district!

the Yuyuan Garden

Aquatic Shanghai

Forget the busy Shanghai to spend one day in the peace and the ancestral serenity of “Chinese Venice"; Suzhou water town between canals and typical home garden as that of Master of Nets Garden. In the afternoon reach Luzhi characterized by her water lanes and bridges.

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Nostalgic Shanghai

We suggest a romantic promenade in the quiet outmoded heart but lively heart of the city, around the Bund, and in Xiantiandi district; visit the Shikumen Open House Museum and a stroll in the street of antique sellers.

Eternal Shanghai

Panorama of the thousand-year-old history of the city through three timeless symbols: the magnificent Shanghai Museum, the Yu Garden and the Jade Buddha Temple, before stopping in a small traditional Chinese medicine store.

The Pudong miracle

A Huangpu River cruise starting from the Bund to attain Pudong and its skyscrapers of twinkling glass; then go up at the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower where from the sight is impressive, before visiting the Shanghai History Museum for a detailed sketch of the life of the last centuries.

Shanghai by night

Typical dinner before an acrobatics show, followed by a tour of Shanghai illuminations and shopping in the car-free shopping, eating and entertainment Xintiandi district.

The Bund


French Concession

Trip to Shanghai French concession and know about old Shanghai history; explore Old French Concession streets and typical Lilong. Get to the compound Cite Bourgogne built in 1930 located at the intersection of Shaanxi Road South and Jianguo Road West, to famous Chinese writers’ houses Ba Jin and Lu Xun or in the quiet, shaded neighbourhood of old houses to Former Residence of Zhou En Lai.
Pleasant by bike as well!

Shanghai contemporary artv

Shanghai, hangout for the contemporary artists which are emphasized in dedicated districts, former factories or rehabilitated studios. Shanghai provides an international platform for the discovery and exploration of new dimensions in contemporary art and culture.

There’s a thriving artists’ quarter on the banks of the Suzhou Creek, and the place to see it is No. 50 Monganshan Road, known as Shanghai M50 Art Community. The Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) located on The Bund waterfront in the former Royal Asiatic Society building and the Magda Danysz galleries discover the most promising emerging talents in contemporary art and deserve to be brought up.

From long-established alleyways to skyscrapers

Much loved tour discovery of the charmingly contrasted face of Shanghai; the futuristic models exposed in the Urban Planning Museum, the lilong alleys and a typical housing environment of the past, famous Xintiandi, the Open House Museum. Then the French concession, the art deco Bund from where you can have a look on the futuristic tours of Pudong.

Taikang Lu shopping street

Another shopping district that is located in a traditional Shikumen housing complex. The entire complex is filled with coffee shops, restaurants, art houses and souvenir shops; enjoy the vibe you feel walking around and the art shops had some really good items.

The view from Lupu Bridge is one of Shanghai's best and more interestingly achieved views; you're afforded a panorama, 360-degree scene of the city.

Shanghai silk and water town

Shanghai's Venice

Located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town with a history of more than 1700 years. The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate spans in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble.

Visit the post office dating back to the 19th century and its small museum redrawing the evolution of postal services through centuries.


Xitan a charming ancient water town, about one and half hours’ drive from Hangzhou or Shanghai, is a beautiful preserved town that seems like a completely different world from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.

Suzhou gardens

Suzhou, a cultural and historical city is celebrated around the world for its elegant gardens. There is a huge contrast between Wangshi (Master of Nets)  Garden and Suzhou Museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei; a museum of ancient Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphies, and handmade crafts.

Hangzhou is one of the cradles of Huaxia (China) Civilization.

The silk of Hangzhou has won immense national and international awards and was marketed into more than 100 countries and regions. Hangzhou is also renowned for the dragon-well tea which is listed as one of the top ten teas in China besides numerable local specialties which give out a rich flavour of Hangzhou local taste.

Stop at Huagang Park and Six-Harmony Pagoda.

Also discover Tongli a genuine water town, where waterside buildings are found everywhere and The Retreat & Reflection Garden which is a notable classical garden in China.