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Shanghai might not be known for its jaw dropping architecture like Rome or its breathtaking natural beauty like Venice, but it does offer travellers with an exciting holiday where little things matter and the best experiences are always found in its everyday life. Like most Asian cities, Shanghai offers its visitors with two different cities rolled into one. It is quite possible to see a pyjama clad man selling exotic local dishes at a roadside stall and a gorgeous Gucci clad beauty digging into them with a pair of chopsticks.

The city was famous as the most prosperous city in the early 1930s. After a period of decline, Shanghai seems to have picked up from where it left and has become attractive for tourists all over again. Like all major cities in the world, Shanghai can seem to be quite daunting to the first time travellers. The huge crowds and nonstop action might be too much to take in for most. But its true beauty lies in those rare moments of peace and tranquility where the day shows a lot of promise and one feels that something wonderful could happen today.

The city is famous as one of the top cities in China and definitely boasts of its energy and vigour. The city offers a variety of architectural styles to marvel at and a variety of expensive dresses at rock bottom prices. Shoppers can have a blast in the Fabric Market and tourists can enjoy watching the crowds at the People’s Square. Cosmopolitan travellers will most definitely enjoy the fact that they can choose from a variety of cuisines and more than 12000 restaurants. A traveller hoping for an entirely unique experience simply cannot miss out on strolling around the lanes and streets of the city as it to unfold the diversity, culture, neon light clad buildings and gleaming skyscrapers in front of their eyes. There are a number of pubs and nightclubs to entertain travellers as well. And then, there are always those Made in China products which literally seem to come for free.


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Shanghai holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. The Bund

What is it? The picturesque Bund, Shanghai's waterfront promenade stretching for one mile (2km) along the bank of the Huangpu River, was once the most famous street in Asia, and is still renowned for its strip of Art Deco buildings. One of the grandest of these buildings, formerly the City Communist Party headquarters, is now the home of the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. The wide riverfront promenade on the east bank of the river provides a captivating view of Shanghai, particularly at night. From the Bund visitors can take a river trip down the Huangpu to the mouth of the Yangtse. Boats leave regularly from the Shiliupu Pier south of the Bund and the trip takes about three hours. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

2. Shanghai Museum
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What is it? The new Shanghai Museum is situated on the People's Square, the political and cultural centre of Shanghai. The square itself boasts a giant musical fountain and some attractive green recreational areas where locals dance and fly kites. It is surrounded by the City Hall, an underground shopping centre and the Grand Shanghai Theatre. It is the Shanghai Museum, opened in 1996, however, that draws the most interest. The building is shaped like a giant bronze urn, and the museum contains a collection of 123,000 cultural artefacts in 21 categories. Chief among the museum's collections are bronzeware, ceramics, calligraphy and art works. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm, until 7pm on Saturdays Phone:(0)21 6372 3500

 

 

3. The Yuyuan Gardens

What is it? The Yuyuan Gardens date back to 1559 to the Ming Dynasty, and are the best example of Chinese classical gardens in Shanghai. The relatively small gardens are laid out in an intricate design with pavilions, rockeries, ponds and a traditional theatre arranged in an ornate maze. The gardens are on Yuyuan Street in downtown Shanghai and can be reached via the Town God Temple Market, a warren of shops and stalls that is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist bazaar. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 


Shanghai holidays - Top Events

 

1. Moon Festival

From 2007-09-25

To 2007-09-25
 

What is it? One of China's most beloved cultural celebrations is the Moon Festival in autumn, marking the end of the harvest season. Main symbol of the festival is the baking and eating of Moon Cakes: round pastries with sweet fillings. In Shanghai the favourite filling is red bean paste. Houses are decorated with coloured animal-shaped paper lanterns and altars are piled with round fruits to symbolise the shape of the moon. The evening is spent moon-gazing and enjoying the company of family, before enjoying a feast at midnight. Where is it?

 

 

2. China Shanghai International Arts Festival

From 2007-10-01

To 2007-11-30
 

What is it? Shanghai becomes the focus of arts fundis during the month-long festival hosted by the Ministry of Culture annually since 1999. The varied programme features more than 150 performances covering everything from symphony orchestras, dance, and opera to acrobatics, magic and drama. Allied events are an international piano competition, magic festival and contest, an Asia music festival and an arts and crafts fair. Where is it? Various throughout the city

 

 

3. Shanghai Tourism Festival

From 2007-09-16

To 2007-09-06
 

What is it? The massive Shanghai Tourism Festival showcases not only all the city has to offer visitors, but is the perfect event for locals and foreigners to discover the fascination of Chinese culture and history. The opening ceremony takes the form of a grand-scale parade of floats and international performance troupes telecast live to the whole country. Millions of locals and visitors participate in the hundreds of events and activities presented at the festival ranging from Chinese cooking classes and bicycle tours to fireworks displays. For more information contact the China International Travel Service on +86 (10) 6601 1122. Where is it? The opening parade takes place along Huaihai Rd. Events are held at dozens of locations around the city, but the main areas are Everbright City near the Railway Station and Century Park in Pudong

 

 

4. Chinese New Year

From 2007-02-18

To 2007-02-18
 

What is it? New Year starts with a bang in Shanghai, where exuberant and exceedingly loud fireworks displays rock the city all night long on this, China's most merry of celebrations. Not everyone appreciates the scale of the fireworks, but traditionally the noise is necessary to frighten off evil spirits for the coming year. During the national holiday the Bund and clubs throughout the city are thronged with revellers, making for a city-wide party. In 2007 the Year of the Boar begins. Where is it? Throughout the city

 

 

5. Chinese F1 Grand Prix

From 2007-09-30

To 2007-09-30
 

What is it? A new circuit in the Formula One Grand Prix, Shanghai's International Circuit welcomes the deafening noise, prestige, speed and the very best in motor racing that comes with such a spectacle. Where is it? Shanghai International Circuit

 

 



 

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