TOURS TO CHINA
TOUR TO CHINA
Shanghai, also named “Hu” or “Shen” in short, is
situated at 31°14’ north latitude and 121°29’ east longitude, and in
middle of China’s east coastline. It occupies a total area of 6,341 sq.km. (of
which Pudong new Area occupies 523 sq.km.), with a total resident population of
16,000,000. It has a pleasant climate, with four distinct seasons. The average
temperature is around 18°C and the annual precipitation is 1,240 mm.
Shanghai, an open city on the coast and famous historical and cultural city, is
a gate to the Yangtze River delta. It is a municipality under the direct
jurisdiction of the Central Government, the largest economic and trade center, a
comprehensive industrial base and the leading port in China.
Shanghai is well known in the world not only for its prosperous cosmopolitan
feature but also for its rich humanistic resources. In recent years, a number of
modern buildings have been added to the city, such as the Oriental Pearl TV
Tower, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Library, Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Grand
Theatre, Shanghai Circus City, Shanghai City-Planning Exhibition Hall and Jin
Mao Tower, Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. They have become new scenic
sights in Shanghai. Colorful festivities, like Shanghai Tourism Festival and
Shanghai China International Art Festival, have attracted and increasing number
of tourists from home and overseas.
The Bund. Shanghai’s world-renowned Bund has been the epitome of elegance
throughout its 100-year history. Now many attractions new constructions have
been erected in addition. A 771-metre long retaining wall for flood control
was built in a century. Atop the wall is a spacious walkway for sightseeing.
Paved with colorful tiles and dotted with flower-beds and European-style
garden lights. It is a good place for a leisurely stroll and a view of the
The commemorative square at the crossroad on Nanjing Road (E) features a clear
fountain and the statue of Chen Yi, the first mayor of Shanghai in new China.
Opposite the Custom Building is an electronic clock that shows standard times
in various world localities on a water-like curtain. All around are Chinese
wisterias, gingko trees and azaleas. Buildings in Greek, Renaissance and
Baroque styles can be viewed in the western part of the Bund.
The boat ride on the River will take the visitors down to the estuary of the
Yangtze River in 3.15 hours.
- Jade Buddha Temple. The temple is an active one, with
70 resident monks at last count. It was built between 1911 and 1918. 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. No photography of the
Jade Buddha is permitted, but postcards are available.
Yu Garden. With a total area of less than 5
acres, it has more than 40 scenic spots in the inner and outer gardens, both
built in the Ming Dynasty classical style. To the south stands the City God
Temple, while to the west is the Yuyuan Bazaar.
- Shanghai Old Street. Known as Fangband Road,
“Shanghai Old Street” with a total of 825 metres, is adjacent to the
Yuyuan Garden Bazaar Area and runs in an east-west direction from Zhonghua
Road to Henan Road South, with both ends marked by decorated archways.
“Shanghai Old Street” is surround by renovated shop houses and buildings
constructed in the Ming and Qing Dynasties style. The western section has a
number of antique & curio shops as well as restaurants and teahouses,
and the eastern sections has a variety of shops including florists, shoe and
clothing retailers, noodle restaurants and specialty dealers selling Chinese
tea and snacks such as “Five Fragrance Beans”.
“Shanghai Old Street” is a fun place to wander about for a taste of the
old days when Shanghai was a walled city.
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower
is 468 m high and it is the first highest in Asia and the third highest in
the world. The tower consists of 15 spheres of different size at different
sizes at different levels creating an artistic conception of “large and
small pearls dropping onto a jade plate”. It has become a symbolic
architecture and a favorable spot for tourists in Shanghai.
- People’s Square. Located in downtown the People’s
Square is the largest public square in Shanghai with a total area of 140,000
sq.m.. The new city hall is at the northern side of the square and opposite
to it at the southern side is the new Shanghai Museum. Next to the city hall
is Shanghai Grand Theater. To the left of the city hall, Shanghai City
Planning Exhibition Hall is underway. The Square aboveground is covered with
lawns and planted with trees and flower bets are fountains, sculpture,
artistic lantern posts and stone chairs and stools. The People’s Square
today is Shanghai’s political and cultural center and , at the same time,
a new metropolitan scenic sight of the 90’s.
- Jin Mao Building. Jin Mao Building is a symbolic
architecture of Shanghai in marching to the 21st century. It is the first
tallest in the country and third tallest in the world. Two elevators with a
speed of 9.1 m/sec. are working to transport visitors in seconds from the
first basement to the sightseeing floor. Here, looking around and to the far
distance, one can have a whole view of new Shanghai.
- Huangpu River Cruise. Huangpu River cruise is a
traditional tourist item in Shanghai’s tour. It is significant not only
because of Huangpu River being Shanghai’s mother river but also of the
collection of the quintessence of Shanghai scenes. Here one can find the
expression of Shanghai’s past, present and prospects for a brilliant
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