Shanghai Sightseeing Spots

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Here is a list of the most popular sightseeing spots in Shanghai:

Shanghai History museum

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The new Shanghai History Museum, located now just below the Oriental TV Tower at Pudong New Area, was formally opened to the public on July 1, 2000. There are three major exhibition units reflecting Shanghai’s history, modern and recent revolutionary history.

shanghai-history-museumFounded in September 1983, Shanghai History Museum was formerly known as Shanghai Historical Relic Exhibition Hall and got the present name in 1991. In 1992, the Museum was moved to Hongqiao Road as the temporary site, and the exhibition hall was expanded to 1,400 square meters. The 40,000-plus exhibits collected by the Museum reflect the historic vicissitudes of the Shanghai city.

shanghai-history-museum-2Many historical exhibits — bronze tigers which originally stood in front of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, printing machines the Commercial Press bought from the United States in the 1920s, a model of the Bund set in the 1930s and the model of the Hardoon Garden — are now already in their new home in Pudong.

In a 4,000-square-metre exhibition hall, the 1,000 artifacts and exhibits are elaborately arranged to revive the old Shanghai. Amidst the unique shikumen, or stone-arched houses and various Chinese shops, visitors are able to savor the charm of the oriental metropolis, once the largest city in the Far East.

Most exciting for many will be the “performing zone”. Every day, performances are staged to tell the history of different periods — from the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to the 1940s. Audiences can experience the old atmosphere with the help of the actors’ songs and verbal and body languages.

A documentary about the Jewish influx to Shanghai to escape the Holocaust is on display regularly at the museum.

Shanghai filmstuido

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Invested by Shanghai Film Group Corpration, Shanghai Film Shooting Base ( aka Shanghai Film Park ) is Built as an ideal place for shooting, sightseeing and culture communication. You will find many different scenes in the park, such as “Nanjing Road in the 30’s”,”Shanghai traditional houses”, “Downtown Shanghai in old times”, “European style architecture”, “Suzhou Creek”, “Church”, “Peace Plaza”, “Old Shanghai bridge”, “Lake and mountain area”, large soundstages, costume and prop ware-house, film library, screening rooms. In addition, there are many attractions here, such as trolley, Exhibition of SFS Costumes & Props Selection, racecourse, old Shanghai street show, to name just a few. Shanghai Film Shooting Base is not only a best choice for production crews and tourists, but a perfect educational place for teenagers as well.shanghai-filmstuido-2
With its distinctive Old Shanghai sceneries, solid culture
background and quality facilities, Shanghai Film Shooting Base very much appreciate the presence of all the filmmakers and tourists.

The drip Lake and Donghai Bridge

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donghai-bridge Shanghai

Donghai Bridge ( literally “East Sea Grand Bridge”) was the longest cross-sea bridge in the world until Hangzhou Bay Bridge opened on 1 May 2008. It was completed on December 10, 2005. It has a total length of 32.5 kilometres (20.2 miles) and connects mainland Shanghai and the offshore Yangshan deep-water port in China. Most of the bridge is a low-level viaduct. There are also cable-stayed sections to allow for the passage of large ships, largest with span of 420 m.

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Thames Town ( Song jiang)

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With an area of 1 square kilometre, Thames Town is jointly developed by Shanghai Songjiang New City Construction and Development Co., Ltd, Shanghai Henghe Real Estate Co Ltd and other large real estate corporations. The town is entirely planned and designed by England’s Atkins Group. Hong Kong Construction Co., Ltd, the enterprise that was responsible for the interior and exterior décor of China National Grand Theater, was also invited to assist in the supervision and construction for the entire project. Synergizing various talents and related expertise from all around the world, Thames Town was honoured as the real estate in Shanghai with the most investment potential in 2004. After almost a year of undeterred efforts, the various English-style architectures have been built, gradually shaping the unique landscape of Thames Town.

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Shanghai World Financial Center

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Financial center in Shanghai

The Shanghai World Financial Center ( pinyin: Shanghai huanqiu jinrong zhongxin) is a supertall skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component containing 174 rooms and suites. On opening, this hotel will become the highest in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower.

On 14 September 2007 the skyscraper was topped out at 492.0 meters (1,614.2 ft) and became the second tallest building in the world; as well as the tallest structure on mainland China, including Hong Kong. It is currently the world’s tallest completed building by roof.

On 28 August 2008, the SWFC officially opened for business. On August 30 the Observation Deck opened with a view from 3 levels. The highest view is at 474 m (1,555 ft) above ground level.

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Find more information on wikipedia


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Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Located on China’s central eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality of the People’s Republic of China with province-level status.


Originally a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew to importance in the 19th century due to its favourable port location and as one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The city flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became a multinational hub of finance and business by the 1930s. However, Shanghai’s prosperity was interrupted after the 1949 Communist takeover and the subsequent cessation of foreign investment. As a Result of Economic reforms in 1990, intense development and financing in Shanghai has resulted, and in 2005 Shanghai became the world’s busiest cargo port.


The city is an emerging tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and Xintiandi, its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the Oriental Pearl Tower, and its new reputation as a cosmopolitan center of culture and design. Today, Shanghai is the largest center of commerce and finance in mainland China, and has been described as the “showpiece” of the world’s fastest-growing economy.

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Shanghai Circus World

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shanghai-circus-world in shanghai Acclaimed as “China’s No. 1 Circus World,” this venue can easily be spotted thanks to its conspicuous golden superdome. With top-notch acoustics, an advanced computer-controlled lighting system, 1,638 seats, a motorized, revolving stage and 1540 sq. meters of stables for elephants, tigers and many other creatures, it’s fully equipped to put on a show.

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Address : 2266 Gonghexin Lu, Zhabei .near Guangzhong Lu?Metro Line 1 Maxin Cheng Station

Hour: 9am-7:30pm


Phone: 6652-7750

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Shanghai Circus World is a station on Line 1 of the Shanghai Metro. This page shows journeys you can make directly from Shanghai Circus World. For more details view the ExploreShanghai interactive Metro map centered on this station.

People’s Square (Ren Min Guang Chang)

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People’s Square (Ren Min Guang Chang) is a vast public square surrounded by government buildings. Truly an urban park, it features manicured greenery and, at its heart, the architecturally impressive Shanghai Museum . Other features include a 320-square-meter water fountain, subway station and an underground shopping mall. Because the square attracts many people, it makes an ideal venue for people watching. Add a carefree afternoon of kite flying to your itinerary; great for the young and the young at heart.

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People’s Square  is a station on Line 1, Line 2 and Line 8 of the Shanghai Metro. This page shows journeys you can make directly from People’s Square. For more details view the ExploreShanghai interactive Metro map centered on this station.


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qibao in Shanghai Just on the outskirts of town, this village represents a slice of the Ming dynasty. Find traditional shops selling local specialities, snacks and souvenirs. Cheesy and touristy, it is, however, charming in its own way.


Address: Minghang District,Minhang.Caobao Road/Xinzhen Road. (1km West A20 Ringroad)

qibao in Shanghai

Qibao is a station on Line 9 of the Shanghai Metro. This page shows journeys you can make directly from Qibao. For more details view the ExploreShanghai interactive Metro map centered on this station.

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