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Shanghai has many modern buildings, often very beautiful. Thanks to the restoration of the former European concession, it also has a heritage of 19th century buildings. and of course also magnificent vestiges of China's past.
 
The Bund and Surroundings:
This elevated 1.5 km waterfront promenade has replaced an area where port activities have long been very active. However, it is not a quiet area as it is bordered by the wide Zhongshan Road where the traffic is intense. On this side, it is bordered by many buildings, including 12 historic buildings. Many are banks: the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, the Custom House, the China Bank of communications, the China Bank, the Peace Hotel etc… On the other side of the Huangpu, in the Pudong district, it's a succession towers and buildings that rival each other in originality: Shanghai Tower (632 m), Shanghai World Financial Tower (492 m), Oriental Pearl Tower (468 m), Jin Mao Tower (421 m),… This promenade is the opportunity to contemplate all these towers and also to enjoy the atmosphere of the Bund.
 
After taking this walk, take a closer look at the buildings of Zhongshan Road, partly unmarked by the usual set up of luxury boutiques, hotels, restaurants and bars. The Fairmont Peace Hotel (77m) is a restored 1929, art deco style hotel owned by the same group as the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, which dates from 1860 and is now home to artists. The Shanghai Club Building from 1861 is a neo-Baroque style building which housed an English club reserved for Europeans, men; it is now a luxury hotel. The imposing neoclassical building of the HSBC Bank (1923) has the allure of a palace; it was built following the principles of feng shui. Three interesting financial establishments were built in the 1920s on the plans of the firm Palmer and Turner: Yokohama Specie Building, Old Bank of China Building and Yangtze Insurance Building.
 
Heading into the concessions area, you will discover the Rockbound Museum of Contemporary Art, built in 1933, which was the first Museum of Modern Art. It was cleverly restored by David Chipperfield in 2005. It hosts temporary exhibitions. The General Post Office (1924), built along the Wusong River, is classical in style with a baroque-style tower. The Temple of the City God is a very old temple which has been well restored; it is surrounded by many traditional shops and boutiques which are often centuries old. It is bordered by the enchanting Yu Garden, built in 1577, recently restored and embellished.
 
The French concession: This district was administered by France between 1849 and 1936; you will still see beautiful period houses which have been well restored, small restaurants, small shops, parks. Xintiandi in particular is a quiet area, small in size, quite chic, with upscale restaurants, beautiful mansions, temporary exhibition spaces and shaded alleys. This is the district of shikumen, houses built by mixing European and Chinese architecture. You will also pass in the district of Tianzifang which is the trendy district: shops, restaurants, bars, frequented by artists and tourists, but not in a disagreeable way. you will pass through a place called "Cité Bourgogne", where the houses have remained as they were at the time. In short, this whole concession is the opposite of the Bund: you will be relaxed there. You will forget for a moment the traffic and the hectic life of Shanghai.
 
Nanjing Road and People's Square:
This street begins between the two parts of the Peace Hotel; at first it is not very interesting, due to the traffic, but soon it becomes a pedestrian street suitable for walking. It contains European-style shops as well as traditional shops selling silk clothing, calligraphy materials, Chinese paintings, traditional Chinese medicines, local handicrafts and other souvenirs. It is very pleasant in the evening: it becomes a very lively night market, colored by the many illuminated signs. There are a lot of restaurants and bars of all kinds. The Nanjing Road leads to the People's Square, which is a must-see. It contains many public buildings: Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Grand Theater, Exhibition Center for Urban Planning, City Hall.
It also contains the must-see Shanghai Museum, both for the original building and its works of art.
 
There are also many luxury hotels like the Park Hotel, shopping malls and grand towers: K11 (278 m), Raffles City (222 m), Shimao International Plaza (333 m).

 

To see further:
  • Shanghai Ocean Aquarium: 1 km from the Bund, on the other side. One of the most interesting aquariums in the world.
  • Jade Buddha Temple: It is 4 km from the Bund. It is an important Buddhist temple with beautiful buildings and beautiful statues.
  • Shanghai Exhibition Center: 4 km from the Bund. Ancient building symbol of Sino-Russian friendship. Travel not essential.
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum: 6 km from the Bund. Very beautiful building, a magnificent museum.
  • Jing'an Temple: 5 km from the Bund. An impressive temple.
  • Power Station of Art: 4 km from the Bund. Former power station transformed into a contemporary art museum
  • China Art Museum: 6 km from the Bund, across the river. A must see ! for the very original building and its collections.
  • Oriental Art Center: 5 km from the Bund, on the other side. A huge complex of extraordinary architecture (5 spheres of glass and metal), for concerts, plays, operas, shows of all kinds.
  • Science and Technology Museum: 5 km from the Bund across the river. A huge and beautiful building. A complete museum.
  • Century Park: 6 km on the other side. The largest park in the city (140ha). A complete park!
These last three centers of interest are close to each other.
  • Shanghai Botanical Garden: 11 km from the Bund. Very beautiful but far away.
  • She Shan Basilica: a very large basilica 32 km from the Bund, located in an enchanting setting: natural park, lake, observatory.
Going out in Shanghai:
  • Le Bar Rouge: 7 / F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu. It has a terrace from which you have a magnificent view of the towers of Pudong.
  • Monkey Champagne: 38 Donghu Lu, near Xinle Lu: good music for dancing.
Generally, you can find everything you need: restaurants, bars, nightclubs on Nanjing Road and it's cheaper than on the Bund.

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Visit The Bund

The Bund

This is the name of the pedestrian promenade that runs along the east bank of the Huangpu River. Its name means muddy bank in Anglo-Urdu; The Chinese call it Waitan: the bank of strangers. It is 1.5 km long, runs parallel to Zhongshan Road and runs from Yan'an Road to Waibaidu Bridge .... Read more

Visit Temple of the Jade Buddha

Temple of the Jade Buddha

It is the most important Buddhist temple in Shanghai. During the reign of Emperor Guangxu (1875-1908), the monk Huigen made a pilgrimage to Tibet and continued his journey to Burma. There, a Chinese expatriate donated two jade statues: a seated Buddha 2 meters high, weighing 3 tons and encrusted... Read more

Visit Museum of Shanghai

Museum of Shanghai

It is a beautiful museum of ancient Chinese art, founded in 1952; The original modern building in which it is located dates from 1996. It has 5 levels and a total area of ??4 ha. It was designed by Xing Tonghe, and it has the shape of an ancient bronze cauldron, a ding; It has a round roof and ... Read more

Visit People's Square

People's Square

This huge 14-hectare square was built on the site of the former hippodrome which existed until 1949. It has a large park in the center and is lined with many buildings of various sizes, some of which are public buildings : Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Grand Theater, Town Hall, Exhibition... Read more

Visit The Grand Theater of Shanghai

The Grand Theater of Shanghai

It is a very original building, with a very large parabolic roof that overflows on both sides. It was designed by Arte Charpentier, a French architectural firm, and was opened in 1998. Three stairwells separate 4 parts of the building and penetrate the roof, which still has other facilities.... Read more

Visit Garden Yu

Garden Yu

This garden was laid out in 1577 during the Ming period by Pan Yunduan for his father Pan Men, Minister of the Emperor. This garden, the most prestigious and extensive, but also the most expensive in Shanghai, caused the ruin of the Pan family. Subsequently, the garden was improved by its... Read more

Visit Pearl Tower

Pearl Tower

This television tower located in the Lujiazui district was built between 1991 and 1995 on the plans of Jia Huan Cheng; It has a height of 468 meters. The architect drew his inspiration from a poem by Bai Juyi written in the Tang Dynasty, a poem that evokes the sound produced by pearls falling on ... Read more

Visit Shanghai Museum of Natural History

Shanghai Museum of Natural History

This museum was founded in 1956 and is one of the largest natural history museums in China. Since 2015, it is housed in a magnificent building built to house it in the Jing'an sculpture park; It has an exhibition space of 4 ha. This very original design building designed by Perkins and Will... Read more

Visit Pudong

Pudong

This part of the city houses the business district of Lujiazui; It is separated from the city center by the Huang Po River and contains nearly 5 million inhabitants. In 1990, the Pudong district was abandoned, including former abandoned shipyards, old hangars and rice farmer's huts.... Read more

Visit Temple of Jing'an

Temple of Jing'an

The Temple of Peace and Tranquility is a Buddhist temple founded in 247 during the period of the three kingdoms in the kingdom of Wu. The first building was first located near the Wusong River and then a new temple was built In 1216 under the Song Dynasty at the present location. This temple was... Read more

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