Shanghai is not merely a modern metropolis, but a city with traditional Chinese culture, where the old-fashioned western-style architecture cluster sets off the modern skyscrapers, and you can immerse yourself into the sacred melody from Xujiahui Cathedral, soak up yourself into the incense-filled air in the Jade Buddha Temple, or just take a walk quietly in Zhongshan Park.
Initially built in the Yuan dynasty, Shanghai became a cotton-manufacturing center during the 16th century and had developed into a prosperous port, where the merchants from all over the world gathered, by the mid-19th century, and it was opened as a trading port by colonists after the Sino-Britain Opium War, making it the largest economic city in China after 1949.
Great changes have taken place in Shanghai in the last 50 years, during which the architecture cluster in Shikumen has been considered to be the embodiment of fashion, the previous wetland has been replaced by the magnetic suspension-train station and the international airport and the former racecourse has been transformed into a wonderful park, and who could imagine that all happened in mere 50 years? As a valuable land with a good geomantic omen, Shanghai remains a Chinese commercial hub as well as a tie linking China to the rest of the world now.
Shanghai is a shopping paradise for visitors, just next to Hong Kong in China, where the well-known shopping streets such as Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road are lined with commodities from all over the globe for your selection, featured good quality and high price.
Shanghai is not just notable for its commercial position in the world, and it’s blessed with numerous attractions as well. As a matter of fact, Shanghai serves as a newly-emerging tourist city due to its profound cultural connotation and rich historical heritages, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jinmao Tower, Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden and the Jade Buddha Temple as well as the Site of the First National Congress of the CPC and the Grand View Garden. In addition, Shanghai is considered to be the most livable city for women in the world, and the reason for this is that it can not only meet their demand for fashion elements, but it is filled with a sense of aesthetics in essence.
Two airports are available in Shanghai, namely, Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport, and over 560 flights run between 70 countries and Pudong International Airport daily, which can fully meet your demand.
For more information on Shanghai Travel Guide, you can visit China Highlights’s Official Site.
Author: Yang Qingwei