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Sexy Shanghai

A September 2006 trip to Shanghai by cheese_cake

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Sexy Shanghai

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Overview

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Photo, Shanghai, China
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On the sea...Shanghai is modern China's largest metropolis and one of the greatest cities of the 21st century. Like any great city, it is many things to many people—c.f. its old nicknames "Paris of the East" and "Whore of the Orient". A young city in Chinese terms, you won't find it on any map of antiquity—simply because the land which Shanghai occupies, just south of the mouth of the mighty Yangtze river, was still below sea level two thousand years ago! A sleepy fishing village for hundreds of years, Shanghai really took off after the First Opium War in the mid 1800s, when it was opened to foreign trade as a treaty port. The British, American, and French, and later the Japanese, came and set...Read More

Shanghai Museum

Attraction

Shanghai Museum Photo, Shanghai, China
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If you visit only one museum in China, make it this one. Although its collection cannot rival that of the National Palace Museum in Taipei, it is nonetheless very impressive—it has the largest collection of ancient Chinese bronze artifacts, for example. Exhibits are arranged by material, rather than dynasty, which is slightly unusual for a Chinese museum, but in fact aids understanding and appreciation. There are 4 to 5 floors of state-of-the-art galleries, and clear explanations/signs in Chinese and English. The attached gift shop is also very good, with a wide selection of books, in Chinese and English, on Chinese art, architecture, and history. The building itself, on People's Square, is designed t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

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

Huangpu River and the Bund

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Attraction

Huangpu River and the Bund Photo, Shanghai, China
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The Bund, along the Huangpu river, is the quintessential Shanghai sight. Its name is derived from the Hindi word "band", meaning embankment, and strung along it are a series of colossal Art Deco buildings, mainly dating from the first 4 decades of the 20th century. These were in the past headquarters of multinational banks and companies, testifying to Shanghai's status as a global financial and trading centre in the inter-war years. A good place to "take in" the Bund is actually from the other side of the river, in Lujiazui, Pudong. The best time for photos is in the morning, when the sun is behind you. After you've satisfied yourself gazing at the Bund from afar, you can cross the Huangpu by the Bund...Read More

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Huangpu River and the Bund
Huangpu River
Shanghai, China

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden

Attraction | "Yu Gardens"

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden Photo, Shanghai, China
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Yu Garden is a 5-acre green sanctuary in the midst of Nan Shi, the old Chinese quarter of Shanghai. It's still a relative sanctuary, if you can ignore the inevitable masses of tourists. Originally built in the 16th century, it has been restored numerous times and consists of a series of inter-connected open spaces, typically centred on a hall or pavilion. It is a good place for a stroll away from traffic fumes. A bit of trivia: the Exquisite Jade Rock in the garden was originally destined for Beijing but didn't get beyond the Huangpu river bed—it was fished out centuries later. Yu Garden is open daily between 8:30am and 5pm, and there is an entrance fee.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

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

Shikumen Open House Museum

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Attraction | "Shikumen Open House"

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Shikumen (literally meaning "stone-framed door") houses are unique to Shanghai, and sadly disappearing all too fast in the face of rampant development. Developed in the early 1900s to meet the housing demands of booming old Shanghai, they are urban Western adaptations of traditional Chinese courtyards. Behind the stone-frame front door of a shikumen house lies a small courtyard, which is itself enclosed on the other sides by the building of the house.Xintiandi (literally meaning "new heaven and earth") is an area south of Huaihai Zhong Lu where two blocks of old shikumen houses have been restored and renovated to house upscale bars, restaurants and shops. It is now a firm favourite hang-out pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Shikumen Open House Museum
Xintiandi
Shanghai
(8621) 33070337

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Shanghai's Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, located on the northern side of People's Square (Ren Min Guang Chang) by People's Avenue (Ren Min Da Dao), is actually not a bad place to start your visit to Shanghai. The centre showcases the architectural history and future of the city. There are faded photographs and maps of old Shanghai, as well as exhibits on the future urban structure of the megacity. The exhibition is quite extensive, covering not just the development of commercial Pudong, but also outlying satellite towns and issues involved in managing the growth of a city of Shanghai's scale. The highlight is a model of the city envisioned in 2020, which occupies a whole floor and which can be vie...Read More

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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
100 Ren Min Boulevard, People's Square
Shanghai, China 200003
+86 (0)21 6372 2077

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Photo, Shanghai, China
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468 metres high, futuristic and pink, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower - third highest in the world - is an unmistakable Shanghai landmark. The building was designed to evoke a series of different-sized pearls (the spheres) falling onto a jade plate (the base), famous lines from a Song dynasty poem on the pleasurable sounds of a Chinese musical instrument. The upper sphere observatory has panoramic 360 degrees views of the city - you can see as far as the Yangtze river! There is also a revolving restaurant, though I've never tried it out.

Admission charge is RMB100. Open daily from 9am to 9pm.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2006

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