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Shanghai

The City of Skyscrapers

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  • General Information

    Other Name: Above the Sea, District: Shanghai, State: SOUTH CHINA, China
    Area: 697.676 kmĀ²
    Languages Spoken: Shanghainese
    Long Distance Code: +8621
    Importance: Shanghai is often regarded as the center of finance and trade in mainland China.
    Best Time to Visit: October to December and March
    International Access: Connected to all major cities of the world by air.
  • Description

    Shanghai is a fascinating mix of East and West. It has historic shikumen houses that blended the styles of Chinese houses with European design flair, and it has one of the richest collections of art deco buildings in the world.
  • Location

    Shanghai's location next to the East China Sea.
  • Climate

    Humid Subtropical Climate
The Bund of Shanghai: The Bund is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. "Bund" derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what it was in the beginning when the first British company opened an office there in 1846.
The temple is an active one, with 70 resident monks at last court. The temple is built between 1911 and 1918 in the style of the Song Dynasty, with symmetrical halls and courtyards, upturned eaves, and bright yellow walls. The exterior is readily identifiable by the bright saffron walls. Inside, the centerpiece is a 1.9-metre-high white jade Buddha, which was installed here after a monk has brought it from Burma to Zhejiang Province in 1882. The seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, is said to weigh 1,000 kg. A smaller, reclining Buddha from the same shipment lies on a redwood bed. In the large hall are three gold-plated Buddha's, and other halls house ferocious-looking deities. Artifacts abound, not all on display, and some 7,000 Buddhist sutras line the walls. Also in the precincts is a branch of the Antiques & Curio Store that sells miniature sandalwood drums and gongs, replicas of the large ones used in ceremonies. The 70 monks who live and work here can sometimes be seen worshiping. A vegetarian restaurant can be found on the temple grounds.
Nanjing Road is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai, which stretches from the bund to Yanan Xilu. It is a good place to learn the history and culture of Shanghai.
Shanghai Museum has been famous for its large collection of rare cultural piece. The museum now houses over 120,000 pieces of cultural relics in twelve categories, including Chinese bronze, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, and artifacts.

Shanghai Museum is especially well-known for its collection of brozen pieces. The 1,200 square meter exhibition room has displayed more than 400 beautifully decorated brazen, which deliver a panoramic picture of China from 18th century BC to the 3rd century BC. The items exhibited include the bronze wine vessel, food vessel, musical instrument, water vessel, weapon and some other vessels from the Xia Dynasty (ca, 21st century B.C.) to the Warring States Period (221 B.C.) Visitors can also get a clear picture of what ancient silk looks like in the Seal Showroom. The room consists of 4 parts, and displays more than 500 pieces of seals that are works from the Zhou Dynasty(1024-256 BC to Qin Dynasty(1644-1911).

Located in San Zao Town of Nan Hui District in Pudong New Area and about 22 miles from the center of Shanghai City, Shanghai Wild Animal Zoo is the first national grade wild animal zoo in China.

Covering an area of 153 hectares, the zoo is the home of over 200 kinds of animals from all over the world including rare animals and animals under the state special protection. The zoo can be divided into a walking area where you travel on foot and a bus-riding area where you take a bus to enjoy close contact with the wild animals. There are five main sections: animal performing hall and areas for wild beasts, herbivores, penned animals and other animals.

Walking into the animal performing hall, you are welcomed by all the lovely animal actors. Elephants, dogs, sheep, bears, tigers, lions, monkeys and parrots are eager to present a colorful performance. All of them have superior skills and cooperate well with each other. They are praised as the top animal actors and some are even the animal stars. During the recent National Holiday, the zoo personnel held a wedding ceremony for a bear couple and many animals were invited to join in. Visitors witnessed this happy moment and sent their best wishes to the new couple. The dog racing course is the venue for animals that are good at running or galloping. Dogs, camels, ostriches and Mongolian horses are the selected competitors. Who will win? Let's wait and see.

Take a tourist bus and the unforgettable experience of close contact with wild animals begins. Giraffes are leisurely eating leaves. Greedy bears always beg for food around your bus. The zoo feeds tigers and lions with living animals to help them retain their wild survival instincts. Sometimes they are taking a nap, but when the prey comes into their sight, they will show you the prestige and power of the jungle king. Under the safety guarantee, visitors are allowed to feed and take a photo with animals such as giraffes and elephants. This is face-to-face contact in the truest sense.

The penned animal area includes a giant panda hall, golden monkey hall, parrot house, white lion area, white tiger area, ostrich zone, kangaroo zoo and crocodile island. It is a wonderful place where you can see many precious animals such as a giant panda, white lion and white tiger. Knowing how they live will increase your knowledge about the animals. The other animal area embraces the flamingo exhibition area, young animal garden, waterfowl lake and bird garden. You will get to know more about the life and behavior of the animals residing in this area and how the small animals are cared for by the caring zoo keepers.

In order to make sure every tourist has an enjoyable visit, the zoo has established extra facilities. A Ferris wheel allows you to take a bird's eye view of the whole zoo and an electric power cart will carry you on your trip if you feel tired. The outdoor play equipment is dreamland for children. If you are hungry, the local restaurants such as Shangye Restaurant, Guanhe Hotel and Changqing Hotel will serve you delicious meals to satisfy any appetite. Choose something in the souvenir shops and make a grandiose ending to your memorable trip!
Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, not far from the Bund. With a total area of less than 5 acres, it has more than 40 attractions in the inner and outer gardens, both built in the Ming Dynasty classical style