Shanghai, China

Best of Shanghai City One Day Tour

with David Y.

David Y.

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.

Shanghai People's Square is located at the very center of Shanghai and was the demarcation point of East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road. With Yan'an Gaojia Road in its south, Huangpi North Road in its west and Tibetan Central Road in its east, it is a flourishing place for people to look around.

Shanghai's French Concession, consisting of a corridor running from the lower Bund between today's Yan'an Lu and the Chinese Old Town west along Huaihai Lu, contains many of the city's most picturesque colonial mansions, parks, hotels, and town houses.

The development of Tianzifang is fairly recent. It is also known as Taikang Road which was a back street in Dapuqiao district. One of the Shanghai highlights is the old residential buildings called ‘shikumen’, literally ‘stone doors’, which reflects a confluence of architectural tastes.

Yu Garden has a history of more than 440 years. It is the biggest Jiangnan Style Garden in Shanghai. It is so much full of Chinese traditions that it is famous across the world.

In the western part of Shanghai, a very modern and flourishing city, there is a venerable and famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the two jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.

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 up from your hotel about 09:00am and transfer to Shanghai Museum. The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. It has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. Sightseeing about 1hour.

Then head to People's Square. Hailed as Green Lung of the Shanghai city People's Square is a garden style located in the heart of the city, centering the political, cultural, economic, transport and tourism. It is one of the key landmarks of Shanghai.(40minutes)

Go on to Tianzifang, It is located in the former French concession, a fun place with lots of choices. The neighbourhood is not huge but still expanding, as more and more owners try to move in and share the so hot atmosphere. If you want a break and slow down the speed of life, nice coffee shops can be found in the area. (1hour)

Have lunch in a local restaurant.(1.5hours)

After lunch,visit to The Jade Buddha Temple. It is a Buddhist temple in Shanghai. As with most modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. (1hour)

Then move onto the Yu Garden,which was constructed by a government officer in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as a special gift for his parents. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, and ponds in the garden all bear unique characteristics. (1hour)

The Bund is a must for tourists who come to Shanghai. Fifty-two buildings lining the narrow shoreline of the Huangpu River offer a living exhibition of Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Classic Revival and Renaissance architectural styles, as well as combinations of Chinese and Western styles.
Be transferred to your hotel about 05:30pm.

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