Where to Go and What to Do in Shanghai

By Lek Nittaya

First time visitors to Shanghai, or indeed to China itself, are in for a world of surprises and an eye-opening trip. The country has a unique identity which is reflected in its everyday activities and in the attractions which are on offer to tourists. Many people find that they are pleasantly surprised by the quality and value for money on offer in hotels in Shanghai, and the same goes for the food in the restaurants and also the prices for entering tourist attractions. Just a few of the best places to go in Shanghai are outlined below.

The First National Congress of the Communist Party site. For a glimpse into China’s recent history and indeed its current lifestyle and culture, no trip to Shanghai is complete without dropping in to say hello to the boys who worked under Chairman Mao. The Party site was opened as a public building to receive visitors just 50 years ago and since then it has hosted numbers of visitors in the millions. The building is something of a museum, featuring as it does genuine artifacts which were used by members of the Communist Party under Mao and indeed there is a wax model mock-up of a Party meeting in session complete with a dummy of Mao himself chairing proceedings. A fascinating slice of Chinese history.

Yu Yuan Gardens. Shanghai is home to some simply beautiful Chinese gardens and they are scattered liberally around the city. Yu Yuan Gardens can be found in the south west of Shanghai and close to the famous waterfront walk of the Bund, making the gardens the ideal place to relax after a walk along the river. Yu Yuan Gardens were put in place by the authorities of the Ming Dynasty around 4 centuries ago and they look perfectly authentic to this day. Visitors to the park can relax in the serenity of gardens and lakes, take in some of the most famous jade sculptures in all of China and lose themselves among the Garden’s famous maze of pavilions.

Speaking of the Bund, this is one of the most famous attractions which Shanghai has to offer. The Bund is the old waterfront walkway which winds along the eastern shore of the Huangpu river and takes the walker past many of Shanghai’s most famous buildings and landmarks. While the walk does indeed take in the city’s financial district it somehow manages to avoid feeling like walking amongst traffic, and is a relaxing and pleasant way to see Shanghai. The ideal way to make one’s way lazily back to your hotel in Shanghai after a day of sightseeing.

Having done your sightseeing you might want to get hold of a few souvenirs for the folks back home, and Nanjing Road is the ideal place to do that. The street is Shanghai’s main shopping district and boasts in excess of 600 outlets, shops and department stores.

Lek Nittaya is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Hotels in Shanghai content. Visit Hotel in Shanghai for more info.

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