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By: - at July 9, 2013

Taking in the Sights in Shanghai

Shanghai cityscape

Taking a Vacation to Shanghai: The Best Time to Go
Planning a vacation to Shanghai is best set aside for the fall or spring. While the heat can be oppressive in the summer, the temperatures can be downright icy in the winter. If you want to take in the sights, then it’s better to see the city in the fall or spring when the climate is more temperate and the temperatures are friendlier. There are many things to do in Shanghai, but here is a few that you can go through in only a couple of days for a good sight seeing vacation.

Taking in the Sights along Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road Shanghai China night

Travel in casual attire that is smart and sophisticated, especially when visiting such locations as Nanjing Road, a popular shopping locale. At one time the road, in the mid-1800s, only contained a few shops along its thoroughfare. Now the area is a constant hub of activity, showcasing hotels, malls, and theaters.

Nanjing Road Shanghai China day

Watch an Acrobatic Performance
For example, the Shanghai Center Theater on Nanjing Road plays host to acrobatic performances nightly. Experience Shanghai entertainment that features spinning plates, juggling and unicycling activities.

Shanghai Acrobats

Shanghai Acrobats

See a Preview of Performances
The following video highlights some of the acrobatic performances.

Visit the Galleries and Arts-and-Craft Shops along Tianzifang Street
Tianzifang Street is an artsy area of Shanghai, where you can find art-and-craft retailers, boutiques, eateries, pubs, and galleries. It’s a nice out-of-the-way place to spend the day strolling and viewing Chinese crafts and relaxing at a café. The following video gives you a quick overview of the area.

Take in the Sights along The Bund
The Bund is yet another area you’ll want to visit. The waterfront of the city, The Bund displays an array of various styles in its buildings, including such architectural designs as Classic, Baroque, and Gothic.

The Bund waterfront Shanghai China

Escape the Hustle and Bustle of the City in the Yuyuan Garden
The center of Shanghai, known as People’s Square, is home to such cultural sites as the Shanghai Museum and the Grand Theater. To escape the press of people and the bustling activity, you may want to seek sanctuary in Yuyuan Garden, a lovely quiet enclave located in the heart of Old Shanghai. The quiet spot dates back to the Ming Dynasty.

YuYuan Gardens Shanghai China

Dragon detail in the YuYuan Gardens Shanghai China

Visiting Shanghai During the Chinese New Year
If you visit Shanghai in January or February, be prepared to experience the rush of the crowds and flurry of activity associated with Guo Nian, the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. This part of the year, known as the Chinese New Year, brings families together to enjoy Tuan Nian (New Year’s dinner). During this period, families spend time decorating their homes with red streamers and lanterns and children receive hongbao (red packages that contain money). On the eve of the Spring Festival, fireworks and firecrackers are seen and heard throughout night.

Red lanterns for Chinese New Year

Watch the Fireworks
The following video showcases the fireworks displayed during the Chinese New Year 2012 celebrations.

Peach Blossom Time
If your travels take you to Shanghai at the end of March or in early April, then you won’t want to miss the city’s Peach Blossom Festival. Just like the fireworks during the Lunar New Year, the blooms displayed are vibrant and bright.

Peach Blossoms

The Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Shanghai Museum of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), located at the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University on Shanghai’s east side, is notably the biggest museum of its kind in the country. You can view over 14,000 items related to Chinese medicine, including acupuncture-related exhibits. The displays reflect the advancements and uses of Chinese medicine from the Stone Age until now.

Where to Eat Shanghai Specialties
For Shanghainese menu selections, visit Ye Shanghai in the Xintiandi neighborhood of the city. Choose from such selections as steamed chicken in wine, Chinese dumplings, dong po rou (stewed pork with soy sauce) or crab eggs in rice.

Ye Shanghai Restaurant China

Shanghai Accommodations
If you’re seeking luxury accommodations, then you’ll want to stay at the China Mansion Hotel located in Shanghai’s French Concession District. Close to Yuyuan Garden and The Bund, the hotel sits amidst eateries and shops. It features a rooftop restaurant whose construction dates back to 1932. Enjoy high tea, Shanghai style, in the hotel’s lobby.

A Video Tour of the Property

The five-star hotel features 30 guest rooms, each which has a 42-inch flat screen TV. Marbled baths with separate showers are also featured at the boutique residence.


 

 

 

 

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