June 22nd, 2009

Sight Seeing in Shanghai

by Don

Shanghai is divided into two areas: Pudong and Puxi. Recent years, Pudong has been the central focus with major development plans, more then one and a half times larger then urban Shanghai itself, the Pudong New Area consists of the entire eastern bank of the Huangpu River. Before 1990 – when development plans were first announced, Pudong constituted 350 sq km of boggy farmland and supplied vegetables to Shanghai market. Today the only sprouting out of the ground are skyscrapers.

The high-rise area directly across from the Bund is the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, where Shanghai Stock Exchange is located. From the unmistakeable Oriental Pearl TV Tower, one of most important icon of shanghai, it is open to public everyday of the year, tickets can be purchase at the entrance of the tower which allows visitors to tour the lower level exhibition and taking a lift to the top floor and the view is priceless. The eight lane wide Century Ave also represent the Pudong’s newly development features which modelled on the Champs Elysees in Paris, runs over four kilometres to Central Park in the in the Huamu Tourism Zone, it’s often fill with tourist and locals on weekends. Here you’ll find the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Pudong’s government building and the Oriental Arts Centre, set around Century Sq. Further out is the huge new International Expo Hall and the MagLev train terminus near the Longyang Rd Metro stop.

Puxi is the central of Shanghai, where mostly packed with high end brands stores around the world, the key feature of Puxi would be THE BUND, originally a towpath to pull barges of rice, the Bund gets Anglo-Indian name from the embankments built to discourage flooding. The Bund become the seats of foreign power in the early 20th century and provided a grand façade for those arriving in Shanghai by river. The Bund offers a horde of things to do, amble along the elevated riverside promenade beside the Huangpu River for visions of China’s tireless tourist boom: vocal hawkers, toy sellers, coin operated telescopes and gaggles of wide eyed out of locals. Otherwise take a boat trip on the Huangpu, enjoy the views of Pudong, visit the Bund museum or dine at some fabulous restaurant.

Renmin Square which means People’s Square is far less austere then Beijing’s Tiananmen Sq, and a good place to just relax and watch people strolling, flying kites and even waltzing in front of the musical fountain.

Great World opened in 1917 as a place for acrobats and nightclub stars to rival the existing New World building on Nanjing Rd. It soon became a centre for the bizarre and the burlesque under the seedy control of Shanghai gangster.

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