Shanghai was the biggest and most prosperous city in the Far East through the 1930s. Before 20 years it has again become a nice-looking city for tourists from all over the world. Shanghai is just a fascinating mix of East and West. It’s historic houses that blend the styles of Chinese houses with European design flair, and it has one of the richest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world.
There are numerous different companies offering sightseeing buses with various routes and packages covering the main sights including the Shanghai Zoo, Oriental Pearl Tower, and Baoyang Road Harbor. Most of the sightseeing buses leave from the Shanghai Stadium’s east bus station.
Things to complete at Shanghai include visiting the city’s world-class museums and art galleries, including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum; wandering through lovely gardens and parks; or getting back in some shopping, especially in the “New World” pedestrian area with its luxury boutiques and galleries. Also fun is exploring the city’s many fine old temples and traditional pagodas.
Shanghai is a good city for walking, especially in the older parts of the city such as for instance The Bund. It can be home from what amounts to one of the world’s most impressive collections of Art Deco architecture. Huangpu Park is just a pleasant place to see, and has an interesting museum focused on The Bund’s history. Outer Garde, the impressive building is notable for the lovely roof ornaments, figurative representations in bas-reliefs, and window openings, along with its dragon-adorned walls. See the priceless statues of the Jade Buddha Temple and Longhua Temple.
The Oriental Pearl Tower is the main skyscraper that defines the Pudong skyline. People’s Park is a superb place for them to run around. The park is a small bit north of People’s Square but it’s easy to explore both. Century Park in Pudong is home to a lake where fishing is allowed, a children’s recreational area, trails to perform, a tiny beach area, an outside music theater, trees, ponds, pretty landscaping, and more.