From the classical architecture of its old city to its modern skyscrapers, Shanghai attractions offer a bold look at this dynamic and ever-changing city. Take a cruise down the Huangpu River, which runs through Shanghai, for a stylish introduction.
The attractions of Old Shanghai are located on the west side of the Huangpu River in Puxi. Visit the district of Jing’an to discover the historic centre of Shanghai, home to People’s Square, the fascinating Shanghai Museum and the impressive Jing’an Temple. Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s primary shopping street, is also located in Jing’an district.
Shanghai’s Old City offers great examples of classical Chinese architecture, especially in the buildings of Yuyuan Garden and the Temple of the Town Gods. Alternatively, The Bund, a historic boulevard in Puxi, harks back to Shanghai’s early 20th century boom years, when European influence led to the construction of many Art Deco-style buildings. The former French Concession area is an excellent place to discover Shanghai’s old colonial architecture, as are the uniquely charming streets of Xintiandi, now a thriving cultural hotspot.
To the east of the Huangpu River is Pudong, celebrated around the world for its visionary architecture and striking skyline. For a birds-eye view of the city, visit the observation deck at the Orient Pearl TV Tower, a skyscraper that is distinguished by the orb and spire at its apex. Other buildings with observation decks in Pudong include the Shanghai World Financial Centre and Tower, and the Jinmao Tower.
Travellers in Shanghai with families can visit the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and the interactive Science and Technology Museum, while the Himalayas Shopping Centre showcases an eclectic range of international and Chinese designers.