Shanghai isn’t the best Chinese city to travel to if you’re looking to move from tourist attraction to tourist attraction. Having only recently made their move toward modernity, Shanghai has does not yet have that tourist-oriented atmosphere. The beauty of visiting Shanghai, instead, is in its antiquity and originality. Shanghai is a blend of Eastern and Western cultures, its architecture being the dominant showcase of its diversity. While some Shanghai buildings are a monument to art deco, others retain a distinct imperialist flair. To experience Shanghai’s imperial roots, a trip to Yu Yuan Gardens is absolutely necessary. For a taste of Shanghai’s nightlife, the Bund is the place to go. In fact, the Bund and its surrounding areas are the most modern and busy sections of Shanghai, with a wealth of shopping, eating, and drinking options.
Shanghai’s vibrant nightlife, in recent years, has begun to rival that of Hong Kong Island. Nanjing Lu is the busiest shopping street in Shanghai. Start your day at the beginning of the street with a trip to the Peace Hotel, known for its act deco interior. When you’ve finished traversing the department stores and markets, end the day at the end of Nanjing Lu with a trip to the Shanghai Museum, often called the best museum in China for its displays of Chinese art and artifacts. For antique-loving travelers, a trip to Dongtai Lu Antique Market is a must. This is the largest antique market in China, and the premiere place for finding treasures like old Buddha statues and Mah Jong sets. For eating and drinking adventures, visit Huaihai Lu for a varied blend of worldly cuisines and a drink at one of Shanghai’s lively bars and nightclubs.
While Shanghai is best reserved for exploring-oriented tourists and those who know how to find ways to entertain themselves, there are still attractions to appease those tourists who want to be shown a good time. Visitors can ride to the top of the Shanghai Pearl Tower, the tallest tower in Asia, for an amazing view of the city, enjoy a cup (or many cups) of tea in the Huxinting Tea House while listening to a Chinese orchestra or gazing upon the surrounding lake, or tour the Huangpu River on a ferry. For a more-traditional Chinese experience, take a trip to either Lknghua Temple or Jade Buddha Temple. Lknghua Temple is a longer trip from the city, but it’s less crowded and more serene. In both temples, you can enjoy a vegetarian Buddhist meal.