The Highlights of Bustling Shanghai
The Highlights of
It is no surprise that Shanghai’s place in China is one of immense power and multicultural allure:
regaining its status as the country’s financial capital, numerous pockets of culture and
history fill that gap between the modern and the traditional.
WHY THIS TOUR?
From its humble beginnings to its current status of a world-class metropolis, Shanghai’s reputation is one that draws a crowd in search for finding true Chinese culture in a fast-moving environment. Setting aside its excellent trading position along the estuary of the Yangtze River and vicinity to the Yellow and East China Sea, its rapidly expanding city borders moved the status of this former fishing village to city in 1927 to become a dominant power in the world economy.
Its glistering skyline still draws visitors who are keen in finding a jaw-dropping panoramic view but are very keen in finding that traditional side: all this is packed to perfection ample opportunities await for lifting Shanghai’s veil.
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Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in downtown Shanghai early in the morning. Depending on the location of your accommodation, we commonly try to head over first to the French Concession. The former foreign concession in Shanghai from 1849 until 1943, this area remained the premier residential and retail district of Shanghai and was also the centre of Catholicism in Shanghai. Next, we head over to the Jade Buddha Temple; with its Song Dynasty-style grounds, the temple houses two priceless white jade Buddha brought from Burma in the 1870s.
The Bund’s importance for the city also has made it one of its unofficial tourism and trading centre of Shanghai Also called Zhongshan Road, it is Shanghai’s iconic waterfront and regarded as the symbol of the city for already hundreds of years. The unique shape of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is visible on the opposite side as well as one of the tallest buildings in China, the Shanghai World Financial Centre.
Before we move on, we serve lunch at a local restaurant where you will get a taste of local cuisine in an authentic setting. After lunch, it is time to head into the fully-restored garden of Yuyuan, inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters. Although the Garden occupies less than five acres, demonstrates perfectly the sophisticated art of combining several different elements to create a world in miniature. The nearby Old Bazaar has established itself as a leading centre for local commerce where visitors loitering among a cluster of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities.
It is without a doubt that, after you’ve safely returned to your hotel, you will see this exciting multicultural metropolis as a blend of the modern and the traditional.