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Shanghai boasts the largest population of any city in the world, and is an influential and powerful metropolis on the banks of the Yangtze River. Modern, crowded skylines, restaurants, nightclubs and developments on the city’s east combine with classic architecture on the city’s more traditional west side. Often described as being more modern than Beijing, Shanghai still houses a considerable array of ancient buildings and cultural attractions. Shanghai is a dazzling, impressive city that will draw you in and inspire you.
The Bund is a famous Shanghai landmark and has long been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai itself. On the banks of the Huangpu River, The Bund draws daily crowds of locals, who flock here to do exercise. Also on the site are 26 buildings of different architectural styles. You can also take boat rides and tours through here. The Jin Mao Tower signifies Shanghai’s standing as a 21st-century city and is the second-tallest building in mainland China. A truly impressive building in itself, it also houses hotels, bars, restaurants and observation decks. The Oriental Pearl Tower is also a magnificent Shanghai landmark.
Shanghai has been described as one of the best cities for Chinese cuisine and has its own distinct style. While not one of the defined 8 Chinese styles, Shanghai cuisine has developed a unique blend of flavours as time has passed. Bembang Cuisine, one of the variants, has an emphasis on fresh meat, vegetables and soy sauce. Haipai Cuisine is a modern adaptation of Modern Shanghai’s cultural influences and focuses on shrimp, crabs and fish. Some famous Shanghai specialties include Ba Bao La Jiang, a spicy, colourful dish; Nanxiang steamed stuffed buns and Shengjianbao fried pork dumplings.
Shanghai Museums and Zoos
This modern city is a sightseer’s dream with dozens of museums and zoos providing the ultimate tourist experience. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum has six exhibition halls and a large theatre. The Shanghai Art Museum is a cultural hub of Shanghai, housing modern and contemporary works. See local oil paintings and even comic series. The Shanghai Museum has rare cultural pieces, including Chinese furniture, bronze pieces and arts and crafts. An enlightening, awakening and astonishing experience, each museum will help bring the Shanghai and China experience to life.
Known for its remarkable shopping complexes and districts, Shanghai is a tempting shopping haven even for those supposedly on a holiday budget. Nanging Road and Huaihai Road are the two famous shopping streets offering a variety of international brands. Over 600 shops stand along Nanging Road alone, ranging from Tiffany & Co to traditional silk stores. Shanghai is known as ‘Oriental Paris’ and it’s not hard to see why, with Maison Mode, New Shanghai Shopping City, and Jiali Sleepless City being some of the popular complexes.