Shanghai Journals

Shanghai Here we Come - Part 2

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A travel journal to Shanghai by Praskipark

Peoples Square/Peoples Park Photo, Shanghai, China More Photos
Quote: More Shanghai attractions and experiences - June 2012

The Real Shanghai

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Old Town, Shanghai Photo, Shanghai, China
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Many friends and colleagues had told me that Shanghai was the most European of all Chinese cities. This is very true but one part of the city that is still very traditional is the Old Town. The hotel we stayed in was situated on the edge of the Old Town so I didn't have to walk far to investigate. On the second morning of our visit I went walkabout on my own and had a great time,so many streets, buildings, old temples to see.Walking down the main stretch is just like all the other major streets in Shanghai, it was only when I turned off on to the backstreets that the hidden underground world opened up. The side streets are dark, narrow and crowded. People, people everywhere! It was fascina...Read More

Tinklin' on JinLing

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I have always had a fascination with maps since I was a teenager and still think they are far superior to any Sat Nav system but there are times when I just like to wander off. If I like the look of a certain street then I usually toddle off to see what lies on that street. In Shanghai there are many weird and wonderful streets so I was spoilt for choice when I was there this year. From my room window I had a terrific view of East Yan'an Road but to the right of my view was a side street that always seemed to be crowded with people. On my second day in the city, I decided to take a look. Jinling Street is the street I chose to investigate. It's a jolly name, has a musical ring to it which ...Read More

People's Square/People's Park

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Attraction | "Shanghai's refuge from the city"

People's Square/People's Park Photo, Shanghai, China
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People's Park is a continuation of People's Square and is part of the old race course that occupied the site until 1949. You can tell the area was a race course with its sweeping lanes that curve round corners. Shanghai is a hectic city with so many vehicles speeding about, casting out petrol fumes all over. It's no wonder the city seems always to be drifting underneath a cloud of pollution.After visiting People's Square we found ourself strolling through the park. It was a nice feeling and I preferred the park to the square. Most of the people sat on benches and walls were elderly, probably retired and they seemed to be enjoying themselves chatting away. It's probably a place to meet up w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2012

People's Square/People's Park
Adjacent To Nanjing Road
Huangpu District, Shanghai, China 200000

People's Square/People's Park

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Attraction | "Very Disappointing"

People's Square/People's Park Photo, Shanghai, China
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People's Square (Rénmín Guǎngchǎng) was top of my list of attractions to visit when we were in Shanghai in June. I had always wanted to see one of these giant public squares in communist China to explore with my own eyes and see what all the fascination was about. I didn't want to visit the square on my own as I thought my husband would appreciate the experience. I had to wait until he had a free slot in his busy schedule, when he would be able to go walkabout and leave the stuffy conference room.We walked to the Square which is in the Huangpu district of Shanghai next to Nanjing Road. It wasn't a very long walk but it seemed to take ages before we arrived at the subway junction. The humid...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2012

People's Square/People's Park
Adjacent To Nanjing Road
Huangpu District, Shanghai, China 200000

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden

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Attraction | "Early bird catches the carp"

YuYuan Garden/Yu Garden Photo, Shanghai, China
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Having already written about the YuYuan Bizarre I thought I had better mention the accompanying gardens which are a separate attraction rather than being part of the bizarre. Just before I entered the gardens I picked up a map and it was very useful and helped a lot with my navigation around the small but complex garden. I had be warned by colleagues that the gardens are very popular and soon fill up with visitors from late morning onwards. I left our hotel about 9am, this was a good time, there were some people in the gardens strolling slowly around, some were sitting and others were practicing their exercises in what looked like slow motion.The display of trees is a fine one and amongst ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2012

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