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A February 2006 trip to Shanghai by Paul Bacon

Nanjing Lu Road Photo, Shanghai, China More Photos
Quote: I have been to Shanghai twice, I just love it!

Nanjing Lu Road

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Attraction | "Nanjing-Lu"

Nanjing Lu Road Photo, Shanghai, China
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I have never been to Nevada and as a consequence I have no first-hand experience of the bright lights of Las Vegas. Therefore I am unable to to comment on how the glitz of Nanjing Lu compares to that of America's favorite oasis. However, I have seen my fair share of east Asia—an area very fond of its neon—and Shanghai's main boulevard is possibly the sparkliest, shiniest, flashiest thing I have ever seen.The main drag itself is an interesting blend of contrasts. The architecture is at once both frighteningly modern and wonderfully antique. At one side of the street will be a giant glass-fronted hotel or department store, on the other a colonial creation with wonderful lines and ornate stonework, albei...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Nanjing Lu Road

Shanghai, China

Huangpu River and the Bund

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Attraction | "Huangpo Sightseeing Tunnel"

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The tunnel that runs beneath the Huangpo River serves one important purpose, it allows you to travel from Nanjing Lu and the Bund on one bank to Pudong on the other. This is no small service; on the far bank Pudong boasts two of the world's tallest buildings, either or both of which are well worth the visit. The massive skyscraper that is the Jinmao Tower and the giant bawbled spike that is the Oriental Pearl Tower dominate the skyline and offer spectacular views across Shanghai. Having already visited Nanjing Lu and the Bund at least one of these two are a must on any tour of Shanghai.Getting across the Huangpo though, is made more difficult by the fact that there is no bridge close by. So if you don...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 5, 2006

Huangpu River and the Bund
Huangpu River
Shanghai, China

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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Attraction | "Oriental Pearl Tower"

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Photo, Shanghai, China
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There are two massive structures which dominate the Pudong side of the Huangpo River directly opposite the Bund and the end of Nanjing Lu. The tallest of the two is the Jinmao Tower, a giant metallic looking building that tapers up to a point at the very top. It is a stunning creation and manages to blend an imposing scale with delicate lines in a way that allows it to complement rather than overpower the Shanghai skyline. Whilst I am no architectural expert, it seems to me that it borrows some key aspects from structures like the Empire State Building or even the Chrysler Building.The strange thing is though, despite its stature and sparkling facade the Jinmao almost completely failed to grab my atte...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2006

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"

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The one thing that struck me with greatest force about the Bund was the lack of anything to actually do. To get there I had walked along Nanjing-Lu, a giant throbbing boulevard filled with bars, restaurants and shops. The Bund in comparison seemed relatively spartan, a place to stand and enjoy your surroundings rather than be swept away in frenzied activity. In all fairness though I suppose that is just the ticket as there is plenty to see.What I love best about the Bund is its duality. It is a place where in a chaotic presence, elegant traces of the past and bright technological flashes of the future collide in a panorama that is almost too much to appreciate at one time. The Bund in itself maintains...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2006

Huangpu River and the Bund
Huangpu River
Shanghai, China

Huangpu River and the Bund

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Attraction | "Huangpo to Yangtze"

Huangpu River and the Bund Photo, Shanghai, China
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The drizzle falling onto the Bund was feint, but incessant. The purple orbs of the Oriental Pear stood out against the mist, much of the rest of Pudong though was somewhat shrouded. The lines of the Jinmao were made feint and indistinct as reams of low cloud drew in. Oz and I stood on the quayside sheltering from the rain and wondering why we had picked such a day for a cruise on the river.As poor as the conditions were, in all honesty we had no other choice. We were heading out to Hangzhou the following day, making it a case of now or never for our river expedition. We were taking a boat from the center of Shanghai all the way up the Huangpo to where it met the Yangtze.Before we set off my head was f...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 7, 2006

Huangpu River and the Bund
Huangpu River
Shanghai, China

French Concession

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Attraction

French Concession Photo, Shanghai, China
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I will not even pretend that my thoughts in this entry are remotely original or represent emotions different to any exhibited by scores of people who have visited the French Concession before me. Yet I have to say that when I visited the quaint little district in central Shanghai I got the distinct impression that I had arrived too late, a few decades late in fact.In the early stages of the last century the concession was an integral part of Shanghai's decadent and colorful extravagance, which was world renowned. On the plus side the area still retains many of the architectural touches from the city's previous incarnation. Many of the roads are wide and tree-lined to give the effect of a Parisian boul...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 12, 2006

French Concession
Xuhui District and Luwan District
Shanghai

Zhou Zhuang Water Village

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Attraction | "Zhouzhang"

Zhou Zhuang Water Village Photo, Shanghai, China
Quote:
For some bizarre reason, the only bus to leave Shanghai tourist bus station for Zhangzhou each morning departs at the ridiculously early time of 9:30am. The next one does not leave until well into the afternoon. So if we wanted a full day out, we needed to be up at stupid o'clock to ensure we could navigate the Shanghai rush hour and get there in time. From the station beside Shanghai Stadium the journey to Zhouzhang takes just under 2 hours, the majority of which was spent battling through the crowded city streets. Thankfully this allowed me to catch up on some of my lost sleep. Zhouzhang is described by most guidebooks and local tourist companies as a scenic 'water village'. It is immensely p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2006

Zhou Zhuang Water Village
Qing Ping Shanghai Highway
Shanghai, China