Shanghai, China

One Day Shanghai Downtown Tour

with David Y.

David Y.

The Shanghai Chenghuang Temple is a Taoist temple located at Shanghai City in East China. The Chenghuang Temple was first constructed during the Yongle reign (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). After its construction, many followers came here to burn joss sticks and carry out other religious activities. It is a key historical site of Shanghai City now.

Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. It was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.

The Shanghai Museum is mainly a museum for ancient arts. At present it is divided into ten sections. These are: ancient Chinese bronzes, sculpture, ceramics, jades, seals, calligraphy, coin and currency, paintings, Ming and Qing-dynasty furniture, and crafts of China’s national minorities. In addition to these ten permanent exhibitions, the museum often holds small-scale exhibitions and also exhibits articles from elsewhere on a short-term basis.

The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall is located on the People's Square. It covers an area of over 0.4 hectare and rises 142 feet high. There are five floors above the ground and two underground. It opened to the public in 2000.

The Bund is a financial hub and birthplace of Shanghai's modern history with many Western-style buildings. Foreign firms, banks, Customs House, consulates, foreign newspaper and parks all began on the Bund.

Pick you up in your hotel at 09:00am. First transfer to Shanghai Chenghuang Temple by car. It is a attractive place and shopping corner for visitors and also a well-known Taoist temple in that area and is a must-see attraction when visiting Shanghai. Sightseeing about 1hour.

Walking to Yuyuan Garden,a classic garden of beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rockeries.(1.5hours)

After lunch, you will be visit Shanghai Museum. It mainly displays collections of Chinese ancient arts. Designed by a local architect, the new museum building is designed in the shape of an ancient, bronze, tripod cooking vessel called a ding. (1hour)

Then move on to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. It was built to show the achievement of Shanghai city planning and construction, as well as vista of Shanghai's future. (1hour)

The last stop of this downtown day tour will be The Bund, renowned as Gallery of World Architecture. Along this 1500-meter waterfront, there are 52 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts, Gothic and Renaissance.

Get transferred back to hotel after the day tour.

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