Shanghai

3 Days/2 Nights

 

 

Day 01 Arrive in Shanghai

Airport/Railway Station pick up, and then transfer to your hotel

 

Day 02 Shanghai (AB,L)

One day city tour in Shanghai, visit the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road and Shanghai Museum.

 

Day 03 Depart Shanghai (AB)

Transfer to Airport/Railway Station, depart Shanghai

 

 

 

Hotel

Rating

Low Season

Single Supp

High Season

Single Supp

Anting Hotel (Xu Jia Hui)

4 star

$199

$ 100

$229

$ 120

v       High season Apr, May, Sep, Oct

 

 

          Not even the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was visible -- its futuristic steel globes (and bright pink trim) lost in the mist off the Huangpu River. We could make out some of the columns of the colonial buildings along the Bund, the riverfront promenade, and here and there an imperial dragon raised its ghostly head. But most of the glass and steel of modern Shanghai disappeared into the clouds. It somehow seemed like a fitting introduction, for the new Shanghai, like the new China, is still a mystery. Will it truly be the city of the future?

When the sun came out, we could see that it moves like the future. It's a vibrant, energetic, changing metropolis, not the languid, romantic city of art-deco and opium-den lore. It is a city of the mobile phone, the internet cafe, the museum with the state-of-the-art audio device (as good, or better, than ones you'd find in New York or London). For every shop that sells jade ornaments there's a shop that sells knits that women could wear to the office in Chicago -- Shanghai's residents wear them to the office, too. As in so many Chinese cities, you'll find residents practicing tai chi in the parks, but their focus seems more intense in Shanghai, perhaps because of the bustle and clamor around them. Modernism and traditionalism, communism and capitalism -- all seem to be living comfortably side by side. How it comes together may be a mystery for now, but it's one of the most dazzling the Chinese have come up with.

 

 

 

Yuyuan Garden 

 

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          Yuyuan Garden is situated at the south district of Shanghai. It was constructed during the reign of Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty (1577), by a highly ranked official to please his parents. Over the centuries, the Garden fell into disarray. In 1956, the Shanghai Government restored it and it was reopened to the public in 1961. The Garden is typical of Suzhou style and is famed as " a wonder of beauty in south-east China". Integrating the gardening are of the Ming and Qing Dynasties with cambers and halls, beautiful rockery, luxuriant trees and plants, it is featured by exquisite layout, beautiful scenery and the artistic architecture. The total area is more than 20,000 square meters.

There are totally 30 scenic spots scattered in the garden. Five Dragon Wall subdivides them  into six parts: Grand Rockery, Flower Pavilion, Hall of Heralding Spring, Hall of Jade Magnificence, Inner Garden, and Lotus Pool. The Garden appears larger than it is because it is designed to move you from vista to vista. Notable elements include a exquisite and ingenuous Jade, which is one of the three most well-known stones in south China with the characteristics of wrinkle, thinness, sliminess, filter and transparency, and an one-tenth hectare tiny inner garden with all the completion of rockery, ponds, halls, chambers, pavilions and terraces, crenellated walls and corridors, clearly arranged and proportionately laid out.

Yuyuan Market found beside the Garden is a bazaar of stores that sell traditional Chinese arts, crafts and souvenirs. The stores sell a mish-mash of items including chopsticks, Chinese medicine, walking stick, fans silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, pottery, plus much more. Food is also a great temptation in Yuyuan Market with local delicacies such as steamed bun, pigeon egg dumplings and spicy cold noodles from the street stalls or numerous restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanjing Road

 

 

 

 

          Flanked on both sides by famed shopping centers, department stores, specialty stores, exotic restaurants and cultural and recreational facilities, the 5-km-long Nanjing Road is the most sophisticated shopping and tourist complex in Shanghai. Every day it is thronged by more than 1 million visitors.

 

 

 

The Bund (Wai Tan)

 

 

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          The picturesque Bund, extending for 1.5 km on the shore of the Huangpu River, is an emblem of Shanghai. A total of 52 tall buildings of various heights tower over the river along the western side of the Bund, looking like a museum of modem world architecture. The wide riverfront promenade along the eastern side of the Bund provides a captivating view of Shanghai. When lights are turned on between 19:00 and 21:00 p.m., the Bund has the best nocturnal scene to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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