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Shanghai: A blend of Modernity and Tradition

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''Lookout for skyscrapers dazzling at nights and do take a ride in high-speed train Maglev''

LOCATION : Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River in China

WHY GO THE DISTANCE : Also called the Oriental Paris, Shanghai bristles with modern architecture but at the same time boasts of its historical landmarks. A buzzing tourist destination and a shopping paradise for shopaholics, Shanghai is one of the biggest and prosperous cities of China. Shop till you drop should be the aim. It is also a key economic, financial and trade centre in East China.

The city rivals Paris and New York in terms of modernity and its expanding skylines. People here, however, continue to observe old-age customs by celebrating festivals reflecting Shanghai’s culture and tradition. Nightlife is very colourful with a number of pubs and restaurants open almost 24x7. Going around within the city is easy with availability of taxis, buses and metro.

BEST TIME : The weather is generally mild. January and February months are too cold whereas July and August are way too hot. So, ideal time to visit the place is between March-May.

SHOPPING : The place boasts of a number of markets spread in a huge area. There are also a number of standalone boutiques selling merchandise and jewels which are worth checking out.

• Nanjing Road: There are shops which are centuries old alongside luxury shops and malls.
• Huaihai Road: Best suited to those looking to buy luxury products. Also, Parkson Shopping
Centre can be visited for low-priced merchandise.
• North Sichuan Road: For inexpensive merchandise
• Fuzhou Road: Also called Culture Street, one may find wide range of items relating to books,
music and art.

ATTRACTIONS : High-speed magnetic levitation train Maglev:
It is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world. Average speed about 251 km/h and maximum goes up to 431 km/h.

Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower:
Has exhibition facilities, restaurants and a shopping mall.

The Bund:
Take a stroll along this waterfront to get a view of all skyscrapers and striking skyline in the backdrop

People's Square:
A large public square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai

Yu Garden:
A Chinese garden worth visiting for the design and layout with nicely decorated bridges and traditional Chinese pagodas.

Shanghai Museum:
A world-class modern museum showcasing ancient Chinese art

Jade Buddha Temple:
Houses two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea.

Jin Mao Tower:
88-storey skyscraper that houses offices within and also the Grand Hyatt Shanghai hotel.

Shanghai World Financial Centre:
As of now the tallest operational commercial building of Shanghai with 101 floors. Gives an amazing bird-eye view of the city.

Shanghai Tower:
A skyscraper under construction, which once ready would be the tallest of a group of three adjacent tall buildings, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Centre.

Shanghai Acrobatic Show: A popular show is ERA Intersection of Time. Performed at Shanghai Circus World, ERA is a story combining Chinese acrobatics, martial arts and dance, along with modern technology.

Other attractions include Dongping National Forest Park, Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Disneyland Park, City God Temple, Shanghai Zoo, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and Dongping National Forest Park.

POPULAR FESTIVALS : Shanghai celebrates the following:
• Chinese New Year
• Shanghai Tourism Festival
• Shanghai International Art Festival
• Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival
• Longhua Temple Fair
• shanghai Peach Blossom Festival
• Dragon Boat Festival
• Shanghai Asian Music Festival


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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