Shanghai is the most developed city in China and happens to be one of the world's largest metropolitan cities. It is China's largest city, in terms of population and is also Asia's famous tourist destination. It is situated at the mouth of the famous Yangtze River.
Popularly nicknamed as 'hu' or 'shen', Shanghai is a large city with an area of more than 5,800 square kilometers. It's advisable to buy yourself a travel guide, so that you don't get lost in this huge metropolitan city. The city is not only well-known as an economic, financial and trade center, but is also popular for its historical and cultural heritage.
Shanghai tourist attractions are easily accessible from the center of the city and will keep you enthralled throughout the duration of your stay. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Shanghai are as follows.
The garden is surrounded by a 'bazaar' or market that has vendors selling all kinds of stuff from wares to food items. So you should have plenty of time, if you want to absorb the beauty of Yuyuan, as well as do some shopping at the bazaar.
It is said that if you visit Shanghai and fail to visit the Bund, then you've not really seen China. The Bund, an epitome of Shanghai's history is one of the most prominent architectural features of the city. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves sweeping along the western side of the Huangpu river.
Dianshan Hu Lake
Dianshan Hu Lake situated in the west of Zhujiajiao in Qingpu, in the Shanghai municipal area, is a natural freshwater lake that is a must-visit destination. This 60 sq km area lake is the upstream of Huangpu river and happens to be the only natural lake in the whole of Shanghai.
Since it's the only natural lake in the area and the only source of water, it is monitored thoroughly and the lake water is therefore clean. Numerous types of fishes, shrimps and crabs are seen to dwell in this lake. On the southeastern stretch of the lake is a holiday resort and to the eastern bank of the lake lies a large public bathing area.
The exterior of the museum features a round-shaped dome with a square base, thereby indicating the traditional Chinese idea of square land and circular heaven. The museum houses several artifacts such as ancient sculpture, ancient ceramics, ancient bronze paintings, calligraphy and so on.
They are distributed across 11 galleries and the museum serves as the best means to have a look at the various types of Chinese art and architecture. The museum is the door to learning all about ancient China.
It's a television and radio tower whose base is held by 3 slanting posts which are each 7 meters wide. It comprises double-decker elevators which take people up to a height of 1,536 feet and back down. There are three observatory levels within the tower: futuristic space city or space module, the sightseeing hall and the revolving restaurant.
Four Cornered Pagoda, commonly referred to as the Fang Ta, is a 48.5 m high structure, featuring nine stories. This pagoda built during the Song Dynasty period has an octagonal base, however the entire pagoda as a whole features a rectangular shape.
A beautiful garden houses the pagoda and it is a wonderful place to spend your time. This happens to be the only pagoda that permits tourists to climb all the way to the top. So don't miss this opportunity. Visit this magnificent architectural piece from the Song Dynasty.