Where is Shanghai?
It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the People's Republic of China, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014. It is a global financial center and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits on the south edge of the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.
The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.
The weather in the Shanghai
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate and experiences four distinct seasons.
Winters are chilly and damp, with northwesterly winds from Siberia can cause nighttime temperatures to drop below freezing, although most years there are only one or two days of snowfall.
Summers are hot and humid, with an average of 8.7 days exceeding 35°C (95°F) annually; occasional downpours or freak thunderstorms can be expected.
The Bund Area (Shanghai)
The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road), is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years.
The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.
Oriental TV Tower (Shanghai)
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai.
The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round. This 468 meters (1,536 feet) high tower is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia.
Nanjing Road (Shanghai)
China's premier shopping street, 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street.
Today Nanjing Road is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.
Open-air bars, abstract sculptures, and lingering sounds from street musicians enhance evening strolls.
Yuyuan Square (Shanghai)
Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai.
The Inner Garden was a separate garden built in 1709, but is now a part of Yuyuan Garden in the south. The Inner Garden is compact and exquisite, and the rocks, pavilions, ornamental ponds and flower walls offer some of the most attractive sceneries in Yuyuan Garden.
Jing An Temple (Shanghai)
Jing'an Temple is a Buddhist temple on the West Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China. Jing'an District, where it is located, is named after the temple.
The temple was first built in 247 AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. Originally located beside the Suzhou Creek, it was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty but, during the Cultural Revolution, the temple was converted into a plastic factory.
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai)
Located in the center of Shanghai in People's Square, Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. The museum style and presentation surround visitors with artifacts demonstrating ancient wisdom and philosophy.
Masterpieces from different periods and genres are featured.
Suzhou (Shanghai Surround)
Suzhou, formerly romanized as Soochow, is a major city located in southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China, about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Shanghai.
The city's canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000. Suzhou is often dubbed the "Venice of the East" or "Venice of China".
Shantang Canal (Suzhou, Shanghai Surround)
Shantang Street is a street in northwestern Gusu District, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.
The street connects Changmen in the east with Huqiu in the west, with a total length of about 3,829.6 meters.
Construction of the Shantang Canal started in 825 AD, during the Tang Dynasty by Bai Juyi, a poet and the Cishi of Suzhou, to provide a link between Huqiu and the city.
Shanghai Disney Resort (Shanghai)
Shanghai Disney Resort is a themed resort in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is the first Disney park resort in mainland China and the second in Greater China, after the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
The resort features Shanghai Disneyland Park, an entertainment district, two themed hotels, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs. Additional phases will see the development of two additional theme parks at the resort.
Classic Shanghai Acrobatic Show (Shanghai Entertainment)
Acrobatics is an interactive art form. Everyone, young or old, educated or not, can easily appreciate it while watching or seeing the acrobats perform. There is no language barrier and borders of culture do not limit it.
Modern Shanghai Acrobatic Show (Shanghai Entertainment)
Shanghai is a dynamic city featuring colorful night entertainments. The show "ERA" in Shanghai has become one of the most popular evening entertainments for tourists in the city.
What to eat in Shanghai
Dim Sum (Shanghai Food)
Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates.
Dim sum dishes are usually served with tea, together form a full tea brunch. Dim sum traditionally is served as fully cooked, ready-to-serve dishes.
In the Cantonese teahouse, carts with dim sum will be served around the restaurant for diners to order without leaving their seats.
Hon Shao Rou (Shanghai Food)
Hong shao rou or red braised pork is a classic pork dish from mainland China, cooked using pork belly and a combination of ginger, garlic, aromatic spices, chilli peppers, sugar, light and dark soy, and rice wine.
The dish has a melt in the mouth texture is formed as a result of a long braising process, during which the liquid reduces and becomes thick. It is generally served with steamed rice and dark green vegetables.