Huaihai Road is one of the most trendy shopping streets in Shanghai, featuring hundreds of stores and restaurants. It is also a favorable place for youngsters to hang out. The fashionable atmosphere here can be traced back to the early 20th century, when the area was part of the French Settlement in Shanghai, as testified by some of Western-style buildings that lined the street.
Shanghai is China's largest city, with a population of about 14 million. In the course of 170 years, Shanghai has grown from what was a small muddy town at the mouth of the Yangzi River to be a city of the greatest importance to China, economically as well as culturally.
Huaihai Road in Shanghai
Lujiazui Financial District
This is the triangle area on the western side of the Huangpu River that faces the Bund, which in recent years has emerged as the new financial center of Shanghai. In the area that measures roughly 7 square km there stand over 100 skyscrapers which house headquarters of banks and corporations. This is the most developed part of the Pudong area in Shanghai.
Nanjing Road (Nanjing Lu) is a prime shopping street in Shanghai. The street begins on the Bund and extends westward. The busiest section of the street is between Henan Zhong Lu and Xizang Zhong Lu, which pedestrians only, where onto which large numbers of shoppers gather. Subway Line 2 runs along Nanjing Road
Pearl of the Orient
Pearl of the Orient (Dongfang Mingzhu) that stands on in the heart of Shanghai, on the eastern bank of the Huangpu River. The nearby area is called Lujiazui, which is the new financial district of Shanghai. Across the Huangpu River is the Bund, the old business and sightseeing center of the city. Rising up to 468 meters (1,535 feet), the tower is the tallest of its kind in China. Up the tower there are sightseeing platforms as well as a revolving restaurant. The design of the tower, featuring a series of spheres of various sizes, was inspired by a line from an ancient Chinese poem.
Renmin Gongyuan is a large public park located in central Shanghai. Converted from a horse racing course that dates back to the years before 1949, the People's Park is an open space frequented by residents and visitors alike. On and around the park one finds Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, and Shanghai Municipal Government. N anjing Road runs along the norther side of the park, Yan'an Road goes by in the south; to the east and the west of the park are Xizang Road and Huangpi Road. Subway Line 1 and Subway Line 2 intersect at the northeastern corner of the park.
Pudong is the newly opened district of Shanghai lying east of the Huangpu River. Here one finds Lujiazui financial center, the Oriental Pearl Tower, some of tallest skyscrapers of China, the Century Park, and the Science and Technology Museum, and Zhangjiang Hi-tech Development Zone. Pudong International Airport is located on the eastern edge of the area.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (Shanghai Chengshi Guihua Zhanshiguan) is a multi-medium museum that presents the past, present and future of Shanghai. Opened in 2000, the five-storied, nicely maintained building makes good place to learn about the developed of China's largest metropolis. The museum is located at the eastern side of the People's Square. Shanghai Museum, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Shanghai Grand Theater are nearby. Subway Line 1 or Subway Line 8 have stops here.
St. Ignatius Cathedral
Known as Xujiahui Jiaotang in Chinese, St. Ignatius Cathedral, a Gothic Roman Catholic church, was built by French Jesuits at the beginning of the 20th century. Located in Xujiahui District, next to the office of the Shanghai Catholic Diocese, the structure is both a tourist attraction and a functioning church today.
This is a street on the western bank of the Huangpu River in the heart of Shanghai. The Bund (Waitan) was an old business district developed by early western traders who came to China in the 19th century. The colonial past of the area can be seen in the many western-style stone buildings that line the street. A small museum in then park (Waitan Historical Museum) explains the past of the Bund. Today the Bund remains part of the dynamic city life of Shanghai, even though some of its business functions have been taken up by the new financial center located on the other side of the River. This is a good place to see the traffic up and down the river and the skyline of the new Pudong district.
Xintiandi means "New Heaven and Earth" in Chinese. This is an old neighborhood, about two square miles in area, that has been converted into a lively leisure and entertainment disctrict, where one finds numerous chic restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Ironically, one of the attractions in the area is the building where, back in 1921, Mao Zedong and his a small band of comrades created the Chinese Communist Party. Accessible by Subway Line 10.
Yu Garden was originally built in the 16th century by a retired scholar-official. It is part of the old Shanghai that is located south of the Bund commercial district developed by the Westerners in the 19th century. Featuring traditional architectural style, the garden is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Shanghai.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is 15 km west of the city center. Transportation: subway trains, shuttle buses, city buses, taxis, and train.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport is 40 km east of the city center. Transportation: sub trains, shuttle buses, long-distance buses, taxis, and maglev train.