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My 3-Day Shanghai Trip (Day 2)

Last updated by wendysong at 2016/4/11; Destinations: Shanghai

Morning in Shanghai starts with a lively scene when people purchase Baozi (steamed buns) or pancakes from breakfast vendors or urging for their rice noodles in a small diner. All of this happens in old rugged Lilongs, among the skyscrapers as its background. It is good time for walking exploration, too.

Yuyuan

In the Morning

Today’s itinerary planned as Yuyuan Garden (豫园), Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (上海城市规划展览馆), Shanghai Museum (上海博物馆), the Former French Concession (法租界) and Dongtai Road Antique Market (东台路古玩市场). My visit starts at 8am right after a bowl of Jinling Duck Blood Rice Noodles (金陵鸭血粉丝).

I haven’t been to Suzhou, where there are the high-notch speakers of traditional Chinese-style gardens. Hence, Yuyuan Garden really impresses me nicely. The garden itself takes an hour to cover. The details of the architectures and how they blend with each other are worth lingering. Outside the garden, there is a market complex (which is more like a wholesale market) and a City God Temple (城隍庙) to waste more time.

Swing back to the People’s Square, which is surrounded by some important museums, galleries and malls. Here I learn the history of Shanghai at Shanghai Museum and the city planning project at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. The urban exhibition hall serves as a map to point out every detail of the city. With a guiding device, I am impressed by the grand project that makes Shanghai the way it is.

During the Afternoon

It won’t be hard to find a place for lunch around People’s Square. While I am eating, I figure my later move to the French Concession and Dongtai Road Antique Market.

The concept of the French Concession is somehow vague. For local Shanghainess, it is officially referred to the vast area of Xuhui District and Luwan District (which is now a part of Huangpu District). I weave my way in along Chongqing Nan Road (重庆南路), Sinan Road (思南路), Taikang Road (泰康路) and Ruijin Er Road (瑞金二路), forming a loop that circles some interesting residences, Lilongs and small parks. 

The streets of the French Concession are lined up with plane trees, adding some romance for the walk. Walking along Sinan Road, there is a park, Fuxing Park (复兴公园) at the end of Gaolan Road (皋兰路). It is truly an oasis both for leisure and short break between walks.

Proceed along Chongqing Nan Road and turn right at where it meets Jianguo Zhong Road (建国中路), I find myself standing at the back gate of Tianzifang (田子坊). Tianzifang at Taikang Road is a renewed attraction mixed with Shanghai’s old Lilongs with new fashion. After half an hour, I get out from the other exit and take Bus NO. 96 heading to a special location: Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre (上海宣传画艺术中心).

Quiet off the beaten track, first-timers will find it hard to locate the center, hidden underground in a Xiaoqu (residence community). Once inside, it is totally worth the trouble! Showcase of old posters and propagandas, this private museum introduces the past of Shanghai, on both physical and mental. Quotes of Chairman Mao, inspiration of Communism become the main theme.

Seems like there’s not much time left for Dongtai Road Antique Market, I deliver myself extemporaneously with more walking in the neighborhood. People are on the way back from work and homey cooking can be sensed in the air. Looking up afar, neon lights on skyscrapers shine on my steps. That is the real Shanghai life, everywhere.

Yuyuan Garden

Attraction Information

1. Yuyuan Garden (豫园)
Highlights: A corner of peace and beauty in a big fast-moving city as Shanghai. Better visit in the morning
to avoid the crowds.   
Address: NO.132, inside the City God Temple, Anren Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Suggested Visiting Time: 1-2 hours
Admission: RMB40/person (High seasons), RMB60/person (low season)
Getting There: Bus NO.11, 26, 64, 66, 920, 926, 929 and 930; Metro Line 10 to Yuyuan Station (豫园站)
Website: http://yugarden.huangpuqu.sh.cn/yugarden/index.aspx
Note: There’s a Starbucks to kill time or lounge near Yuyuan Garden.

2. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (上海城市规划展览馆)
Highlights: 3D blueprint of the whole city, offering interesting views and information about the establishment and construction techniques.
Address: NO.100, Renmin Avenue, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm, ticket office closes at 4:00pm.  
Suggested Visiting Time: 1-2 hours
Admission: RMB30/person
Getting There: Bus NO. 42, 46, 48, 49, 71, 109, 112, 112, 123, 145, 167, 312, 320, 455, 581, 771 and
782 to People’s Square; Metro Line 1, 2 and 8 to People’s Square

3. Shanghai Museum (上海博物馆)
Highlights: One of the best places in town to appreciate ancient arts and history of the city.
Address: No.201, Renmin Avenue, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm, ticket office closes at 4:00pm.  
Suggested Visiting Time: 1-2 hours
Admission: Free
Getting There: Bus NO. 42, 46, 48, 49, 71, 109, 112, 112, 123, 145, 167, 312, 320, 455, 581, 771 and
782 to People’s Square; Metro Line 1, 2 and 8 to People’s Square

4. The Former French Concession Region (法租界)
Highlights: A vast area boasting for old-fashion buildings, residence of notable people, lively Lilongs and
pleasant walk in a tranquil place. Famous attractions include Tianzifang (田子坊), Xintiandi (新
天地), Shikumen (石库门) and Fuxing Park (复兴公园).
Address: The meeting parts of Xuhui District and Luwan District
Opening Hours: All-day
Suggested Visiting Time: 1-2 hours
Admission: Free
Getting There: Bus NO.2, 17, 24, 36, 42, 146, 575, 780, 781 and 864 to Fuxing Road (复兴路); Metro Line 10 to Xintiandi Station (新天地); Metro Line 1 to Huangpi Nan Road Station (黄陂南路); Metro Line 9 to Madang Road Station (马当路).

5. Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre (上海宣传画艺术中心)
Highlights: A private museum of posters and propagandas focusing on telling people how people thought,
talked and lived back in 1950’s to 1980’s.
Address: Room B-OC, 868 Huashan Lu near Zhenning Lu, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Suggested Visiting Time: 1-2 hours
Admission: RMB20/person
Getting There: Bus NO. 48, 96, 113, 328 and 548; Metro Line 2 to Jing’an Temple Station (静安寺站).
Website: http://www.shanghaipropagandaart.com/
Note: No photo allowed inside the center.

Transportation between Sites

1. Hotel to Yuyuan Garden: Walk 250m to Jiangxi Zhong Road Beijing Dong Road Station (江西中路北京东路站) and take Bus NO.64 (or 801) to Xinbeimen Station (新北门站), walk 220m to Yuyuan Garden.

2. Yuyuan Garden to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall: Walk 240m to Xinbeimen Station (新北门站) to take Bus NO.930 and arrive in People’s Square, walk 180m to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.

3. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall to Shanghai Museum: Walk northwestward for 120m and turn right at Xizang Zhong Road, walk straight for 370m before turning right onto Yan’an Dong Road and walk 280m to Shanghai Museum.

4. Shanghai Museum to the Former French Concession Region (Tianzifang): Walk 540m to Dashijie Station (大世界站) and take Metro Line 8 and Lujiabang Station (陆家浜路站), change to Metro Line 9 to Dapuqiao Station (打浦桥站) at get out at Exit 1, walk 340m to Tianzifang and continue to explore the French Concession nearby.

5. The Former French Concession (Tianzifang) to Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre: Walk 570m to Ruijin Hospital Station (瑞金医院站) and take Bus NO.96, arrive at Fuxing Xi Raod Huashan Road Station (复兴西路华山路站) and walk 440m to No.868 Huashan Road and get to Room B-0C.

6. Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre back to the hotel: Walk 1.1km to Shanghai Library Metro Station (上海图书馆站) and take Metro Line 10 to Nanjing Dong Road Metro Station (南京东路站), get out at Exit 5 and walk 400m back to the hotel.

Recommended Dinning Places

1. Fortune Cookie (幸运饼)
Notable Dishes: Tangerine Chicken (陈皮鸡), Beer Chicken (啤酒鸡), Pork Ribs (排骨), General Tso Beef (左宗棠牛肉) and Smoked Wings (烟熏龙翅)
Address: 4F, NO.83, Changshu Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai
Price: RMB 100-150/person
Tel: +86 021-60933623
Website: http://www.fortunecookieshanghai.com/ 

2. Goga
Notable Dishes: Miso Broiled Black Cod, Shrimp Cocktail, Sizzling Snapper Sashimi and Avocado with Sea Urchin
Address: NO.1 Yueyang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Price: RMB 100-200/person
Tel: +86 021-64319700
Website: http://gogarestaurants.com/

Travel Tips

1. Spend the night  
If the city doesn’t wear you out during daytime, a night cruise on the Huangpu River or another walk at the Bund should do the trick, with pleasant views.

2. Read the bus stops
Names of the bus stops can be really tricky, as it is mixed with the names of the roads that meet here. For example, you will be puzzled at Zhongshan Dong Yi Road Beijing Road Station (中山东一路北京路) or cannot remember a name as long as Anfu Road and Urumqi Zhong Road (安福路乌鲁木齐中路).
The best way not to get lost is keep one name of the road in mind. For example, if you are heading to Beijing Road, you just need to look for the stop signs with its name. Also, asking around can be helpful.