Local Famous Attractions
1 Shanghai Disney Resort
Shanghai Disney Resort, located in Pudong New District Chuansha new town, it is the second Disney theme park in China, the third in Asian, and the sixth in the world.
One of the most beautiful scenic features: the Artificial Lake
Visitors may be attracted by a pool of water, even not enter the entrance. This is the special project built over 400000 square meters of artificial lake, it is perhaps the largest waterscape platform in the history of Disney.
Scenic features two: the Highest Castle
When come into the Shanghai Disney theme Park, the most excite people's mind picture is the highest castle. This castle will be the highest, the greatest of all the Disney theme park. In addition, Shanghai Disney castle will also set up a large number of tourist’s interactive activities and performance event, which is different from other Disney castle.
2 Zhujiajiao Town
Zhujiajiao is called Eastern Venice, is located in a suburb of Shanghai city. Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years.
Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name “Pearl Stream”, the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai.
Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquility.
3 Xintiandi, Shanghai Circus World
Xintiandi is a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai. It is composed of an area of restored traditional shikumen ("stone gate") houses on narrow alleys, a modern shopping mall with a cinema complex, and some adjoining houses which now serve as book stores, cafes and restaurants. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seats. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places. Xintiandi means "New Heaven and Earth", and is considered one of the first lifestyle centers in China.
Xintiandi is near the site of the First Congress of the Communist Party of China.
The area was developed by the Shui On Group during the re-development of the surrounding area, when similar shikumen houses were demolished wholesale. The houses in Xintiandi were then restored, and now house an art gallery, cafes, and restaurants. The marketing of Xintiandi is mainly targeted towards overseas visitors, especially visitors from Hong Kong, who seek to experience the romanticized atmosphere of old Shanghai. As a result, prices in this area are high, even by international standards. Eating or shopping in this area is seen as a status symbol by affluent local residents. Many tour groups both domestic and from abroad. Also visit Xintiandi as one of the main attractions in Shanghai.
4 The bund
The Bund is a symbol of Shanghai. The Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, etc.
The Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco. The buildings are harmonious in color and style, thus gaining the name of "Gallery of World Architecture".
When night falls and the lights are on, all the buildings are lit with colorful lights, glistening and dazzling to the eye.
5 The Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong District, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund of Shanghai. It was designed by Jiang Huancheng of the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Construction began in 1991 and the tower was completed in 1995. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it was the tallest structure in mainland China from 1994–2007, when it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers.
The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two biggest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50m (164ft) for the lower and 45m (148ft) for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9m (30ft) in diameter. The highest sphere is 14m (46ft) in diameter. The entire building is supported by three enormous columns that start underground.
The tower has fifteen observatory levels. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350m (1148ft). The lower levels are at 263m (863ft) (Sightseeing Floor) and at 90m (295ft) (Space City). There is a revolving restaurant at the 267m (876ft) level. The project also contains exhibition facilities, restaurants and a shopping mall. There is also a 20 room hotel called the Space Hotel between the two large spheres.
The design of the building is based on a verse of the Tang Dynasty poem Pipa Song by Bai Juyi about the wonderful sprinkling sound of a Pipa instrument, like pearls, big and small falling on a jade plate. Seen from afar, the Yangpu Bridge and the Nanpu Bridge seem like two Chinese dragons frolicking with the pearls of the Oriental Pearl tower. The Pearl Tower attracts over three million visitors each year.
A famous classical garden in south China, it was once famed as the “top beauty in southeast China”. First built during the Ming Dynasty, 400 years ago, by a Sichuan minister of finance named Pan Yunduan, it has been several times renovated by the government since the Liberation and is now one of the key relic sites in the country under state protection.
The garden is divided into the scenic sections of “Mountains and Forests in the City”, "Magnificent Woods and Beautiful Valleys”, "Historical Relics of Heralding Spring”, "Water and Rockery Scenery”, "Tops in the World” and the Inner Garden.
Yuyuan Commercial City consists of the famous classical garden in south China Yuyuan Garden, the “kingdom of small articles of daily use”, and the “kingdom of delicacies”. There you will find the Old City God Temple, and the historical relic temple of Chengxiangge. A large number of rebuilt Ming and Qing dynasty-style buildings, together with the Nine-cornered Zigzag Bridge, Mid-lake Pavilion and Lotus Pond form an attractive scene for tourists.
When night falls and light is on, the area is attracting visitors with its glistening beauty. In the midst of competition in business Yuyuan Commercial City has become a hot sport for tourism, shopping and investment.
7 Nanjing Road Pedestrian Walkway
Nanjing Road, famed as “No. 1 Street in China”, is an epitome of Shanghai's history and culture. The 1,033-m long Pedestrian Walkway lies between the Bund and the People's Square. There are more than 600 shops on both sides of the walkway.
There are not only 100-year old ones, famous brand ones but also specialty shops of different trades. At night, the whole walkway is lit up.
8 China Art Palace
Housed in the China Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, China Art Palace features 27 exhibition halls measuring 64,000 square meters in area as well as such facilities as theater, conference hall and library. The 559-square-meter dining zone offers coffee, Western fast food and tea.
Displaying the collections of art from state-owned art organizations on a permanent basis, China Art Palace sheds light on the origin and evolution of Chinese contemporary and modern art. At the same time, by working with the fine arts community of China, it collects and displays the works of art of China’s highest artistic creation, and also by working with the world’s famous art museums, displays the contemporary and modern art treasures from other countries.
China Art Palace is a massive fine arts museum for collection, display, exchanges, research and education. Here, visitors will be taken onto an eye-opening tour of the finest art creations by Chinese artists around the world.
9 Shanghai Wildlife Zoo
The wildlife zoo, the first of its kind in China, was jointly set up by Shanghai Municipal Government and the National Forestry Bureau.
Located at Pudong, Shanghai Wildlife Zoo occupies an area of 153 hectares. Over 10,000 animals of more than 200 varieties are found in this wild zoo. After entering the zoo, you will first find "The Flamingos Area". The baby flamingos are nodding affably to the visitors with their lovely gesture. Then you will come to "The Water Fowls Lake" where there are white swans, mandarin ducks, cranes, etc. After that, you will reach the "Newly-born animals Area". In "The Rare Animals Area", the little giant pandas always attract many visitors.
The others are "The Golden Monkeys Area", "The Chimpanzees Area", "The Birds' Paradise ", "The White Lions and White Tigers House". You have to take the special bus to go to "The Area for the Beasts for Prey". You can find the ferocious Siberian tigers, African lions, Malaysian bears just around your bus.
10 Shanghai Museum
The Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square in the Huangpu District.
Designed by a local architect, the new museum building is designed in the shape of an ancient, bronze, tripod cooking vessel called a ding. It is said that the inspiration for the design was specifically provided by the DaKeDing, now on exhibit in the museum. The building has round top and a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth".
The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. It has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. The permanent galleries are:
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Bronze
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Sculpture
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Ceramics
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Jades
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Paintings
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Calligraphy
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Seals
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Numismatics
● Gallery of Chinese Furniture in Ming and Qing dynasties
● Gallery of Arts and Crafts by Chinese Minorities
The Shanghai Museum houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a "transparent" bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.