There’s some thing extremely distinctive in the air of Shanghai compared to the rest of the nation – and I’m fairly positive its residents notice it also. Bursting with skyscrapers and futuristic architecture that reaches for the clouds, Shanghai is extremely a lot in a league all of its personal. It is so quick to neglect you are in Asia right here, specially when a Starbucks Coffee rounds out just about every other corner, and highways twist and turn sophisticatedly above the ground.
So what to see and do in this ultra-modern day city? Right here are my leading 3 sights:
Picturesque, iconic and postcard ideal, the Bund is the symbol of Shanghai. Highlighting some of the most impressive monetary towers along the waterfront, this boardwalk can be a beautiful stroll – when it is not overly crowded, which it practically is all the time.
Fortunately for me, I visited on a extremely rainy evening. It was wet, but that resulted in virtually obtaining the whole boardwalk to myself. It was specifically peaceful when I wandered away from the most important viewing point towards the Waibaidu Bridge.
Even throughout peak instances, the Bund is nonetheless a fascinating and humbling expertise, specially figuring out none of the buildings would’ve been there 20 years ago. And if that does not interest you, it is also a excellent location to men and women watch!
One particular of the most popular temples in Shanghai, the Jing’an Temple is situated suitable in the congested downtown location. It is remarkable the city decided to hold the temple in its original place, having the rest of Shanghai flourish about it alternatively.
The temple totally lives up to its name also, translating to “Temple of Peace and Tranquility”. Even although the rest of the city is quickly expanding all about it, the temple itself remains classic and grounded. The second I went by way of the front gates, I was taken someplace outdoors of the noisy and energetic city.
If you have time, make a rapid take a look at across the street to the Jing’an Park. Yet another oasis in the city exactly where you will locate locals enjoying the peaceful gardens, playing Chinese chess or practicing Tai Chi.
Ancient Water Towns
Even although Shanghai tends to make a major work to project it is modernity, it also embraces it is historical sides also. Not far from the outskirts of Shanghai are eight ancient water towns that’ll immediately transport you back quite a few hundreds of years. It is a bit touristy and quite a few of the ground-level buildings have turn into shops and restaurants. But quite a few of the classic buildings, architectures and bridges are nonetheless beautifully intact and preserved.
On a time constraint, I was only capable to take a look at the closest water town of Qibao. Simply accessible by the metro, Qibao is tiny, but offers a terrific taste as to what these classic villages would’ve been like in their heydays.
Right here are the eight water villages and their distances from downtown Shanghai:
Qibao – 21km
Zhujiajiao – 50km
Luzhi – 73km
Zhouzhuang – 79km
Xitang – 82km (exactly where Mission Not possible III was filmed!)
Tongli – 90km
Nanxun – 127km
Wuzhen – 130km (more than 1000 years old)