Its skyline may be ultra-modern, but amidst the skyscrapers travellers will discover the seductive allure of Shanghai culture. From its stunning Art Deco buildings to its modern theatres, Shanghai is brimming with exciting cultural attractions.
A glimpse of old Shanghai
For centuries, Shanghai has been the place where east meets west in China. Its architecture is a heady mix of traditional Chinese, western colonial and modern magnificence. For a taste of ancient Chinese culture, visit one of the many temples in the city. Popular temples with travellers include Jing’an Temple, and the Jade Buddha Temple, while a stroll around the Yuyuan Garden feels like a step back in time to the Shanghai of old.
An alternative way to experience Shanghai culture is to visit a traditional tea house, which will typically serve a variety of Chinese tea and local specialities. For a truly unique historic experience in Shanghai, visit Zhujiajiao, a picturesque water town whose history stretches back over 1700 years. Traverse its waterways on small covered boats and cross its many traditional bridges as you explore this impressively well preserved suburb.
Shanghai’s cultural attractions
Shanghai holds a unique place in the art and culture of China. At the heart of this is the Shanghai Grand Theatre, which encompasses three cutting-edge theatres and regularly hosts the world’s leading orchestras, dance troupes and theatre companies.
Attractions like the Shanghai Art Museum and the Shanghai Propaganda Poster and Art Centre offer a fascinating overview of its diverse cultural strands. The Shanghai Museum in People’s Square boasts an enviable array of Chinese artefacts, while the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival attracts international designers to the city every year.