Shanghai Journals

Bumbling Through Shanghai

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A September 1999 trip to Shanghai by Kathryn

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Photo, Shanghai, China More Photos
Quote: Shanghai epitomises the modern city - skyscrapers, neon lights and shopping to die for.

Bumbling Through Shanghai

Overview

Nanjing Road Photo, Shanghai, China
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The new Shanghai Museum is a MUST. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower provides an excellent view, but go in the evening to avoid a crowd (and the waiting line...)Quick Tips: If you can bear to get up early (6.30-7.30 am), try walking along the Bund in the morning. We walked along there every day before breakfast and saw all sorts of activities going on - ball room dancing, aerobics, traditional fan and sword dancing, and this really cool rollerskating guy - probably 80 years old - who performed various stunts on a pair of rollerskates. We would walk along the Bund until we got down to Fuzhou Lu and then walk back up towards the hotel on the other side of Zhongshan Road. There were various...Read More

Pujiang Hotel

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Hotel

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Formerly the Richardson Hotel (the first western hotel property in China!), the Pujiang Hotel is at the north end of the Baidu Bridge. It is known for it's excellent location (about 5 minutes walk to The Bund) and very cheap rates. Not surprisingly, it is another 'the place to stay', according to the Lonely Planet. In the words of the hotel brochure: 'Pujiang Hotel is especially reputable worldwide for attending to budgetary knapsack guests' The hotel does offer dorm accommodation, however we opted for twinshare rooms at Y330 per night. The room we got was very large and cool (despite the lack of real air conditioning), with an ensuite bathroom and television. It was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

Pujiang Hotel
15 Huangpu Lu
Shanghai, China

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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Attraction

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Photo, Shanghai, China
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I am always a little bemused when confronted with a tourist attraction that is renowned for its height. ‘Tallest in the (insert location here)’ buildings don’t seem so common in Australia (perhaps the height of our buildings is just too embarrassing to advertise). Yet certainly size does matter - the Big Pineapple and the Big Merino (just to name a couple!) are proof of that. But I digress - and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower does have credentials to be proud of. The tower was completed in 1994 and stands opposite the Bund in the Pudong New Area. The tower is 468 m tall and, at the time of its completion, was tallest TV tower in Asia (and third tallest in the world!). Unfortunately for Tower...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2000

Oriental Pearl TV Tower
1 Shi Ji Boulevard, Pu Dong District
Shanghai, China 200120
+86 (21) 5879 1888

Huangpu River and the Bund

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Attraction | "The Bund"

Huangpu River and the Bund Photo, Shanghai, China
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The Bund stretches along the edge of the Huangpu River, parallel to Zhongshan Road (aka Zhongshan Dongyilu). Bund is actually an old Anglo Indian term for the embankment of a muddy water front and, given the state of the river, is probably still quite appropriate (although water quality is apparently improving). At the top of the Bund lies Huangpu Park and a pedestrian walkway stretches along the river, raised up away from the busy road. This is a lovely spot to enjoy the scenery and bustle of the river and, of course, photograph the row of old European style buildings that run along the other side of the road. Many of the buildings once belonged to foreign concessions and housed international bank...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2000

Huangpu River and the Bund
Huangpu River
Shanghai, China

Shanghai Museum

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Attraction

Shanghai Museum Photo, Shanghai, China
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The new Shanghai Museum is located near Renmin Square (the Peoples Square) and holds an amazing collection of historical and artistic objects. The museum is relatively new, opening to the public at the end of 1995. It was probably the most modern building I saw in China, with floor space of 120,000 m and a collection of 123,00 pieces (and yes, I could wax lyrical just about the toilets!). The museum is on 4 levels and the galleries lead off from a central atrium. The displays are divided into different categories, including bronzeware, chinaware, sculpture, coins, furniture, seals, jade, arts and crafts from ethnic minorities, and calligraphy. We found it impossible to see everything in one day...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2001

Shanghai Museum
201 Renmin Avenue
Shanghai, China 200003
(021) 63725300-132

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden

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Attraction | "Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar"

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden Photo, Shanghai, China
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The Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar consist of a traditional Chinese garden and a touristy shopping complex, where about 100 shops sell traditional goods and handicrafts. It is situated in the old town section of the city, just east of Henan Nanlu. If you are looking for more ‘traditional’ knickknacks, I think the Yu Yuan Garden Bazaar is a better option over Nanjing Rd. It is, however, a big tourist spot so you’re probably not going to find things that are really cheap there (though you can bargain). We got there quite early in then morning and started at one of the restaurants, where we had tiny steamed dumplings for breakfast. As with most dumplings (perhaps ALL dumplings), they were yum. We spent...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 25, 2001

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden
Center of Shanghai's Old City
Shanghai, China

About the Writer

Kathryn

Kathryn
Perth, Australia