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Must-Visit Attractions In Shanghai, China

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Shanghai a city that needs no introduction. With over 20 million people living within it, Shanghai is one of the biggest and richest cities in the world as well as the second biggest and third richest city in Asia after Tokyo and Tokyo and Seoul respectively.  

Shanghai is a destination that’s rich in excess when it comes to things to do and see. It has the world’s busiest port and one of the world’s busiest airports, and it’s the economic center of the world’s second-biggest economy. The city of Shanghai lies on the mouth of the Yangtze River in Eastern China. Shanghai means, upon the sea.

The Maglev Train

The magnetic levitation train in Shanghai is one of a kind. It uses magnetic levitation to speed the widebody train at speeds of up to 430 km/h – a world record. The line connects the Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road Station – a distance of 30 km which only takes 30 minutes. The line was built by a joint venture of Siemens and ThyssenKrupp from Kassel, Germany.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road is a market pedestrian road that dates from the 19th century. Here you can buy art, souvenirs, silk goods, jade, embroidery, and top designer apparels.

Oriental Pearl Tower

Built in 1995, it was once the tallest structure in Shanghai until 2007 when the Shanghai World Trade Center was constructed. It is 468m high. The tower consists of a series of spheres linked together by three big columns. It has 15 observatory levels and a rotating restaurant.

The Bund

This is a waterfront promenade along Huang Pu River. This famous promenade has an array of historical buildings including the Waldorf-Astoria Shanghai Hotel, the Asia Building, the Customs House and the Union Building.


Yu Garden

This garden was built in 1559 during the Ming dynasty by Pang Yunduan for his father Pan En to relax in old age. It sits on a 2 hectare garden in the North East of the Shanghai Old City. It is a good place to wander about and experience the Chinese garden architecture.

Confucius Temple

The Shanghai Confucian Temple, also known as the Wen Miao Temple, is one of the four “Treasure Houses of Stone Carving Art” in China. The temple is composed of 28 ancient structures, highlighted by its stone-carving clusters.

It is located in the South West of the Shanghai Old City. It was built in 1292 during the Yuan dynasty to worship the great thinker Confucius. The temple has multiple gates each leading to a specific place. It is popular with tourists.

Shanghai Museum

It would be unthinkable to visit a massive history-rich city like Shanghai and not visit any Musem. The Shanghai Museum is a world-class Museum dedicated to Chinese art and history. It is located along Nanjing Road.

Longuar Pagoda

A pagoda is a Buddhist worship place in the Far East. It is a tower with multiple eaves that tapers as you move further upwards. The Longua Pagoda sits on a 20000 square meter of land hence you’ll have enough space to explore. It offers a lot in terms of Chinese culture.

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