During the one day tour in Shanghai , we will pass through Shanghai features alley to fully experience of nowadays, future and past of this city. At the same time to explore local life and culture.Please join me. My philosophy is to green tourism. By public transport and your feet, to discover the charm of this strange city, and her growth story.
One day Shanghai tour can be tailor made based on your requirements. My suggestion tour itinerary would be as follows: (three type tours)
The tour start: 10 am-6:30 pm ( Pick up from the hotel). Attention: if you are going to book two days tour . ( airport pick up for free )
Route A: Jade temple-People square-Puxi ( bund view)-Shanghai old town-Yu Yuan Garden-Old French Conession-Tian zi Fang.
Route B : FengJing( Chinese style venice)-back to Center( people square)- night view of Bund ( pu xi).
Route C : Financial Center in Pu dong (third tallest building in the world) -Shanghai City Museum( Understanding of the best museums in Shanghai)-Take Ferry to Pu Xi -Shanghai old town-Yuyuan-Shanghai oldest antique Market-Xin tian di.
A: we can drive car during the tour .
B: we go with public transportation and by our foot.
The Bund (meaning ‘embankment’) is Shanghai’s world famous waterfront which stretches for 1 mile along the western bank of the Huangpu River.The Bund is famous for its magnificent 19th and 20th century architecture. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Shanghai was developing into an important trading centre and companies from all over the world competed for prestige in the developing economy.The ornate art-deco buildings reflect the wide range of commercial influence, from Britain, the United States, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, and are an impressive reminder of Shanghai’s colonial history.
Along the Bund you can find the impressive former headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the former Customs House, and the old Shanghai Club, once home to the longest bar in the world.The Bund has recently been restored and its buildings house some of Shanghai’s most fashionable shopping and dining destinations. A stroll along the riverside walkway provides unrivalled views of the historic buildings on the Bund and across the river to the modern financial district of Pudong.
Hop-off the bus to visit Yu Garden; one of the finest examples of a traditional Chinese Garden in Shanghai. The garden is situated in the old city and is spread over 5 acres. Yu Garden is a haven of peace and tranquility, featuring rockeries, ponds pavilions, towers and a lotus pool. The garden was established more than 400 years ago by Pan Yunduan who spent 20 years building the garden to please his ageing father, a high ranking official in the Ming Dynasty. For most of its existence, Yu Garden has been in private hands, but in 1956 the Shanghai Government decided to restore the gardens and they were opened to the public in 1967. The Yu Garden is a beautiful creation and is well worth a visit.Surrounding the garden is the hustle and bustle of the Yu Bazaar, a busy shopping area catering for both locals and tourists. It is an ideal place to pick up some souvenirs or try some typical Shanghainese cuisine, especially the famous steamed dumplings (Xiao Long Bao).
The Nanpu Bridge is one of the largest bridges in the world and spans the Huangpu river, connecting the Puxi and Pudong districts. To accommodate the large ships that travel up and down the Huangpu River, the bridge’s central span is 423 metres wide and 46 meters high. This height makes the journey over the bridge on the Big Bus open-top tour a genuinely thrilling experience. With 10 lanes and 150 metre towers the Nanpu bridge is an impressive structure. However, it is probably most famous for the spiral approach on the Puxi side of the river, where over 1 km of 10 lane highway winds up into the sky.
Oriental Pearl Television Tower
the Oriental Pearl Tower is perhaps Shanghai’s most distinctive building, rising 468 metres above the Huangpu River. It was completed in 1994 becoming China’s tallest building, until 2007 when the title was taken by its close neighbour, the Shanghai World Financial Centre. The Tower is widely known to be a television antenna, but only the top 118 metres are used for broadcasting. The rest of the Tower consists of observation decks, a restaurant and a hotel. The observation decks provide fantastic views over Shanghai.
The Shanghai Museum is situated on the south side of the People’s Square. The building’s shape represents an ancient Chinese bronze Jar, which is one of the exhibits of ancient Chinese art contained within the museum. The Round top and square base reflect the traditional Chinese belief of ‘Square earth and round sky’. The Museum was established in December, 1952, and was relocated to the People’s Square in 1995. The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art, including bronze, ceramic, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings and sculptures. The Museum has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. The Museum is free to enter.
The Jing’an Temple is the most famous landmark in the Jing’an District. It is the oldest landmark in the city, dating back to 247 AD, built more than 1,000 years before the official beginning of Shanghai in 1292. Originally located beside Suzhou Creek, the temple was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). In contrast to its name, ‘Jing’an’ which means “peace and tranquility” in Chinese, the small, brightly decorated temple is a very popular attraction and often busy with visitors.
The Jin Mao Tower is one of Shanghai’s iconic skyscrapers, featuring a unique design. Located in the Financial District of Pudong, the building houses offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel. Its design reflects the traditional Chinese Pagoda, with increasing complexity as it ascends. Each of its 16 sections is 1/8 shorter than the section below. In China ‘8’ is considered a lucky number. The Jin Mao therefore has 88 floors.
The pedestrian street – Nanjing Road East is one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. The street is Shanghai’s main shopping area and has been a centre of commerce for over 100 years. The street runs from The Bund to People’s Square and features shops and department stores along its length as well as hotels, restaurants and offices. A stroll along Nanjing Road makes you realize how much of a cosmopolitan city Shanghai has become, as brands from all over the world compete for shoppers’ attention. At night, the brightly lit neon signs transform the street into a colourful spectacle.
Jade Buddha Temple
The temple was founded in 1882 when two Buddha statues made entirely from Jade were imported from Burma. Over the years the temple has been embellished with additional artefacts, becoming one of the most important Buddhist temples in Shanghai. Today, the courtyard is paved with stones etched with lotus flowers leading to the Great Treasure Hall where worshippers can pray to past, present and future Buddhas. The Grand Hall features three golden Buddhas, but the centerpiece remains the 1.9 metre, original pale-green Jade Buddha, now seated upstairs in its own hall and encrusted with jewels. If you would like your visit to bring you good luck, the surrounding shops can supply all you need for your visit, from incense sticks to bundles of ‘spirit money’ to be burnt in the huge incense pots.
Shanghai World Finance Centre
The Shanghai World Finance Centre became the world’s 2nd tallest building when it was completed in 2007. This super-tall sky scraper is 101 stories high. The building’s straight lines and smooth curves emphasise its impressive height of 492m and it has become one of Shanghai’s most iconic buildings, dominating the Pudong Financial district. The building has several uses, and includes a shopping centre, restaurants, a hotel and offices. On the 100th floor, visitors can enjoy views across the city from the world’s highest observation deck. For those with a head for heights, the observation deck’s glass floor gives a unique perspective as you gaze 1,555 feet down to the streets below. The building’s original design featured a circular hole at the top, but this was controversial. The architects then amended their plans to the current design. Many people consider the revised shape of the building to be similar to a bottle opener. Visitors to the observation deck can actually purchase a bottle opener in the shape of the building.
Xintiandi is a traffic free area of restored Shikumen, or “Stone Gate” Houses. Shikumen are 2-3 storey town houses fronted by a high walled courtyard. These traditional buildings blended Chinese and Western influences and were common place in Shanghai during the late 1800’s. However, as Shanghai’s population increased, living conditions became cramped and large areas of Shikumen houses were cleared to make way for modern developments. In Xintiandi, this type of architecture has been lovingly restored and it’s a great place to get a flavour for traditional Shanghai living. Today, it is one of the city’s best-loved dining areas. Wander through the pedestrianised lanes, whilst selecting from a plethora of restaurants, cafes and bars, sit outside with a drink and watch the world go by, or step into one of the small shops to find a memento of your stay in Shanghai. Situated on the edge of Xintiandi, is the building that hosted the first congress of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, now a museum.