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About Shanghai, China

Throughout the past century, Shanghai has had numerous name tags attached to it; like "Paris of the Orient" and "Pearl of China". Images of Shanghai more than any other Chinese city, are bountiful in the west. A visit here therefore, is naturally tainted to some extent, with a preconception of how the city will be.

 

As the largest and most prosperous city in the nation, Shanghai is the economic, financial and cultural center of China, while Beijing is the political heart. And this image of Shanghai as a fast and modern metropolis is certainly the one that most visitors take away. Those old preconceptions of Shanghai as the home of crime vice and prostitutes are wiped away, as the city successfully projects an image of itself as young, vibrant and cool.

 

Shanghai is a modern and fast paced city, rich in history and culture and with a wealth of areas and sites just waiting to be explored. One of the nicest aspects of Shanghai is that the crowds here are much more manageable than in a city like Beijing. This is largely because there are no great ancient sites which people flock to. Rather, this is a city to be walked, wandered, explored and discovered in your own time and, in your own style.


 

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower was completed on Oct. 1, 1994. It is 468 m high, being the highest in Asia and the third highest in the world. The Oriental Pearl Tower consists of three main whole-scope sightseeing floors. Tourists can enjoy the dynamic city view of different height. The architectural modeling of the tower is unique, expressing the flavor of oriental culture. It combines sightseeing, catering, shopping, recreation, accommodation, broadcasting and TV transmission into one body. It has become a symbolic architecture and a favorable spot for tourists in Shanghai.

 

The Bund

The well-known bund is a must for visitors to Shanghai. Fifty-two buildings are lining along the narrow shoreline of the Huangpu river. They are the combination of Chinese and western architectural styles. They are also a condensation of the recent history of the city.

 

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden occupies an area of 20,000 square meters (about five acres). However, the small size is not a representative of the attractions of the garden. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique characteristics.

 

Town God's Temple

It is one of the most remarkable landmarks in Shanghai. There are plenty of traditional Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops, groceries and snack stands. You must go there to taste the authentic, world-famous Shanghai Nanxiang Juicy Bun.

 

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. The museum is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. The eleven Galleries cover most of the major categories of Chinese art: Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities.

 

Jinmao Tower

This incredible tower is the tallest building on China's mainland (421m). Its design combines traditional Chinese and gothic architecture. Viewing from the dizzying heights of the 88th floor in the evening, you will have an illusion that Shanghai is a glittering light ball. On the 87th floor, a bar, the Cloud Nine, gives you the feeling of being in the clouds.

 

Shanghai EXPO 2010

World Expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts. Since 1851 when the Great Exhibition of Industries of All Nations was held in London, the World Expositions have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as an important platform for displaying historical experience, exchanging innovative ideas, demonstrating esprit de corps and looking to the future.

 

 

The Emblem

Inspired by the shape of the calligraphic creation of the Chinese character "世" (meaning the world),the emblem depicting the image of three people—you , me ,him/he holding hands together, symbolizes the big family o mankind in harmony and happiness ,and conveys the concept of the World Expo of“Understanding, Communication, Gathering and Cooperation”. It exemplifies Expo 2010’s focus on the humanistic values.

 

The Official Mascot

The mascot for Expo 2010 Shanghai China, "Haibao",officially debuted at the night onDecember 18,2007.Created from the Chinese character "人" (meaning people),the mascot embodies the character of Chinese culture and echoes with the designing concept of the emblem of Expo 2010.Using the Chinese character as the mascot of an international event is an innovation.

 

Expo Axis

The Expo Axis, 1,045 meters long and 100 meters wide, is the main axis for visitors' transportation between pavilions and sights, and also the biggest single building on the Expo Site. It was well-designed and constructed using concepts of ecology, environmental protection and energy-saving to explain the "better city, better life" motto of Shanghai World Expo.

 

China Pavilion

Draped in red cloth, the China Pavilion boosts a diverse range of traditional Chinese elements, including architecture, calligraphy, gardening and urban planning.

 

Culture of Shanghai

 

Concessions

What makes Shanghai particularly attractive are the many different styles of architecture and design throughout the city. Shanghai was once divided up into different "Concessions" or districts and the boundaries of these areas still remain today. The famous, Bund was home to the "British Public Park" and this boulevard has a plethora of colonial structures to visit, all reminders of Shanghai's days of decadence. The Japanese and the French Concessions too, are fascinating areas to explore. The French Quarter is a particularly charming district to wander.

 

Alleys

It is a style of housing in Shanghai, which blended features of east and west. In the past up to 80% of the city's population lived in these types of houses, but today the proportion is much lower. Each residence is connected and arranged in straight alleys, with the entrance to each alley, the gate, wrapped by a stylistic stone arch.

 

Development Pace

Shanghai is a spectacularly modern city. The pace of development here is unbelievable. Currently, seventeen percent of the world's cranes are in the city and developers boast that the city is changing at a rate incomparable to anywhere else in the world ever. The newest area of the city, Pudong, has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and is almost unrecognizable from the way it was when development began here.

 

Shanghai shopping

Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise. There are various bustling commercial streets and shopping centers waiting for you. These include Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, North Sichuan Road, Xujiahui Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City and Jiali Sleepless City.

 

 

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road East, honored as "China's No. l Street", has become an all-weather pedestrian arcade. Shops and restaurants provide products and services with their own characteristics, making it an ideal place that integrates shopping, restaurants, amusement and sightseeing.

 

Huaihai Road

Huaihai Road, with the original name as Xiafei Road, is located in the center of city. The architectures in different styles here bring your wonderful sense of beauty when you rambling along the street. The elegant street has a long history and it is not only a most fashion paradise for young people, but also a nostalgic place for those who seek their memory of past stories. Here you can find the top-end designer brands from all over the world and the well-known old shops.

 

North Sichuan Road

The North of the Sichuan Road became the third largest street of Shanghai (after Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road). It's an important commercial street in central Shanghai, and also the most prosperous and busiest street in Hongkou District.

 

Shanghai Cuisine

Shanghai Cuisine, commonly known as Benbang Cuisine or Shanghai-Style Cuisine, comes out first of all local styles of cuisine in China. Shanghai Cuisine consists of six parts: south China flavor, Beijing flavor, Sichuan flavor, Guangdong flavor, Western food and Gongdelin vegetarian dishes, all of which show strong Shanghai local characteristics.

 

 

Steamed Chinese Mitten Crabs

It is a famed Shanghai dish. Chinese mitten crabs, the best type of crabs, are produced in the lakes and rivers on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Steamed Chinese Mitten Crabs can preserve the original shape and taste of crabs. A common saying goes: "After eating crab meat, all other dishes are tasteless."

 

Nanxiang small steamed buns

It is a century-old restaurant deserving its famous name of China Time-Honored Brand approved by Department of Commerce in the first batch.“Nanxiang Steamed Bun” has thin cover and rich fillings, being well-shaped, delicious. It is famous for the special “gravy” upon your first bite.

 

Shrimp Roes and Large Black Sea Cucumbers

Prepared with dried shrimp roes and high-quality sea cucumbers, this dish in the shape of a hair knot is black, glittering, crisp, delicious and aromatic. a famous traditional Shanghai dish, was created by the Dexingguan Restaurant. Since its appearance, the dish has been well received by customers.

 

Yuyuan Garden Delicacy Street

Yuyuan Garden Delicacy Street is known as the "Kingdom of Shanghai Snacks," where tourists can find all famous snacks of Shanghai, such as steamed buns with stuffing of Laosongsheng; sweet porridge with osmanthus flowers and red beans of Yuxin Snack Eatery; glutinous rice longevity peach-shaped cakes with pigeon eggs of Lubolang; fermented rice and glutinous rice dumplings, and eight-treasure rice of Manyuanchun Snack Eatery; noodles with dried shrimps and scallion, and crisp cakes of Hubin Snack Bar; Nanxiang steamed buns; and Ningbo glutinous rice dumplings, the restaurants selling foreign fast food also can be found here, such as KFC of the United States, Japanese Cuisine, South Korean barbecue, Italian stuffed cakes, French bread and Turkish steak.