Shanghai

Anastasia Travelsia
Dec 27
At avid travelers, and not only they have unplanned routes. As for me, for example, when I returned from Japan, the flight arrived late and I was late for a transfer to Moscow.

Shanghai is the largest and traditionally the most developed metropolis in  China with a population of more than 23 million people.  Shanghai is split in two by the Huangpu River. The most basic division of the area is Puxi west of the river, versus Pudong, east of the river.

That city is a fascinating mix of East and West. It has historic houses that blend the styles of Chinese houses with European design flair, and it has one of the richest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. There were concessions controlled by Western powers in the late 19th and early 20th century, so in many places, the city has a cosmopolitan feel. There is everything from classic Parisian style to buildings with an English flair and 1930s buildings reminiscent of New York or Chicago.

The Bund

The colonial riverside of old Shanghai has dozens of historical buildings lining the Huangpu River, which once housed numerous foreign banks and trading houses. The riverfront walkway has recently undergone a major reconstruction and reopened to the public in March 2010.

For a century, the Bund has been one of the most recognizable symbols and the pride of Shanghai. It is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River. To the west of this stretch stand 52 buildings of various architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles. This place is often referred to as "the museum of buildings". The 1,700-meters long flood-control wall, known as 'the lovers' wall', located on the side of Huangpu River from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River and once was the most romantic corner in Shanghai in the last century.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Until 2014, it was the tallest building in Shanghai. There is a popular observation deck on the 100th floor at 1,555 feet for sightseeing and a hotel (Hyatt Regency). It actually took the developers 11 years to finish the building. It officially opened in 2008, and it was generally considered to be the best skyscraper that was built in the world in 2008.

There is a mall at ground level with fine restaurants, and you'll find bars and restaurants in the Hyatt Regency between floors 79 to 93. There are also three observation decks on floors 94, 97, and 100.

Oriental Pearl Tower

It has been the outstanding landmark of Shanghai since its completion in 1994. With a height of 468 meters, it was the tallest structure in China before it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center in 2007. Now, it is the fifth highest tower in the world. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower consists of three main full-scope sightseeing spheres. Each of these spheres offers an observation deck. Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking view of Shanghai at different heights. The highest sphere is called the Space Module at 350 meters. The lower sphere has three levels at 259 meters to 267 meters. The top level is a revolving restaurant. The lower two levels are viewing platforms. It is memorable to walk on it and enjoy a 360° view of the Huangpu River and buildings on both sides of the river. Visitors with a fear of heights should avoid this glass floor.

Shanghai History Museum

Shanghai History Museum is on the ground level. It contains thousands of historical relics, over 100 wax figures, and scaled-down exquisite architectures.

About the price for visiting the Tower and the Museum. You have a few choices: 1. For all three spheres + Shanghai History Museum is 220 yuan/person. 2. For the 1st and 2nd spheres + Shanghai History Museum is 160 yuan/person. 3. For the 2nd sphere + Shanghai History Museum is 120 yuan/person. 4. For Shanghai History Museum is 35 yuan/person. This information valid for 2017.