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AsiaEscapes

Tourist attractions in Shanghai, places to go and things to see ?

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First stop on every visitor’s itinerary is the famous Bund, an impressive strip of colonial edifices lining the west bank of the Huangpu River. FAs w ell as allowing you an insight into the city’s past, a wander along the riverside affords a glimpse into its future – the awesome, skyscraper- spiked skyline on the other side.

Taking a river tour from here will give you a sense of the city’s scale.

Heading west from the Bund down the old consumer cornucopia of Nanjing Dong Lu will bring you to People’s Square, the modern heart of the city, and home to a cluster of world-class museums, all worth a few hours of your time, and the leafy and attractive Renmin Park.

Continuing west onto Nanjing Xi Lu brings you to the modern commercial district of Jing’an, where a couple of worthwhile temples, and the fantastic Moganshan Art District, provide welcome respite from all the relentless materialism.

Heading south from People’s Square brings you to delightful Xintiandi, an upscale dining district housed in renovated traditional buildings, and a good introduction to the civilized pleasures of the former French Concession, which stretches west of here. As well as the best (and most exclusive) shopping, hotels and dining, on these incongruously European looking streets you’ll find a host of former residences of Shanghai’s original movers and shakers.

But Shanghai’s history was not all about the foreigners, as you’ll find if you explore the Old City, south of the Bund, where most of the Chinese lived during the Concession era.

The old alleys are being torn down at speed, but you’ll still find plenty of evidence of a distinctly Chinese way of life in the elegant old Yu Gardens, the bustling shopping bazaar that’s grown up around them, and a clutch of backstreet temples. By way of contrast, across the river in Pudong you’ll see very little that’s less than a decade old; come here for the views from the elegant Jinmao Tower.

A clutch of sights on the city’s further reaches are worthy of exploration, among them Duolun Culture Street in the far north, Century Park in the east, and Longhua Temple in the southwest.

After a week you might have had enough of Shanghai’s hectic pace, in which case head out to the hinterland, which offers countryside, historic buildings and a chance to slow down. The tranquil Buddhist island of Putuo Shan and the cities of Suzhou, famous for gardens and silk, and Hangzhou, with its gorgeous lake, are well worth an overnight stop, while for a day-trip, don’t miss a jaunt around one of the sleepy canal towns, such as Zhouzhuang or Tongli.

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