Shanghai is one of the largest global economic hub in world. It is biggest city of China with a population of more than 24 million. Shanghai was an official host for Expo 2010 and recorded greatest number of visitors in any event.
Shanghai is a perfect blend of modern & traditional cultures. Skylines of high rise buildings and Chinese traditions makes this city very unique.
I went to Shanghai as a small stopover for attending a wedding in Xinyu(a small province in China). I had got only 24 hours in Shanghai for visiting all tourist attractions. There was continuous rains in Shanghai, but it did not dropped my Travel spirits. I still managed to do my Quick Shanghai Tour. I stayed in Shanghai Marriott City Center Hotel. So Let’s go for Quick Shanghai Tour in rains and thunderous sky….
Top Things To Do in Quick Shanghai Tour –
Walk along Nanjing Road – Shanghai’s busiest shopping street with many colorful & traditional Chinese shops with classy shopping malls. It also has many restaurants, cafes and bars. Evenings/Nights are best time to visit this place as whole Nanjing road is illuminated with colorful signboards and lights.
Bund – Bund is a long walkway stretch along waterfront promenade on the banks of river Huangpu. The other side of Bund has various architectural styled Building. Famous skyline of Shanghai with Oriental Pearl Tower can be viewed from the promenade.
Jing’an Temple (Buddhist Temple)– This is also known as Temple of Peace & Tranquility. Jing’an Temple has largest Jade Buddha in China. The temple’s history is 780 years back. There are three main halls – The Mahavira Hall
– Hall of heavenly kings
– Three sage hall
There is peaceful atmosphere in temple and I got some time for meditation away from hustle and bustle of city. Some more pictures from temple –
YuYuan Garden (Happiness Garden)– This garden is built by Ming Dynasty around 400 years back. It covers 20,000sq. meters area. Glimpses of ancient China can be seen in the garden in form of Pagodas, arches, trees and walkways.
Oriental Pearl Tower – This tower is located on banks of Huangpu river and also it is the FIFTH highest tower in the world. This tower has 3 Observation Decks on 3 Pearl shaped spheres. Due to lack of time and rains, I skipped going to Observation deck.
French Concession – Popular for boutique shopping and high range dining spots. It is quite popular among tourists. It is the area where French Government administered from 1849 to 1946. Buildings are quite influenced by French style of architecture.
Eating out Local Cuisine in Chinese Restaurant – Though language is problem as many people don’t understand English and I cannot speak Chinese, somehow I managed to find an authentic Chinese restaurant with delicious food.
Buying Traditional Chinese Handicrafts – There are lots of colorful Chinese stuff for home decor, jewellery, dolls which are very unique and cannot be found anywhere else.
Enjoy Skyline views in evenings from high rise restaurant or hotel room
There are many tourist attractions in Shanghai like Disneyland, Traditional water Villages at about couple of hours drive. For them you may require 2 to 3 days more.
There are special scooters in China, which I have seen first time. The specialty of these two wheeler are that, it is covered by plastic to protect from rain.
I wish, I could have more time to explore more things in Shanghai. Also it was raining but it could not stop my travel spirits. The only thing which I missed is, if it would not rained then I could havCe taken more pictures with blue sky.
Currency of China – Yuan (Exchange can be done in Banks, Exchange machines at hotels and on International Airports)
People are friendly though not understand our language and cheerful. Shanghai is basically a safe place. Vegetarians can also find lots of eating options here. Internal traveling in China can be done through Bullet Train which is very fast and speedy.
So KEEP TRAVELING whether it rains, snows, hot or humid. Keep your Travel Spirits high in whatever circumstances you are into it.
Shishya (Thankyou in Chinese)
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