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Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London

Monday, August 16th, 2021
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Last May we cruised on River Thames in London. Just like Shanghai Huangpu River cutting through Shanghai, River Thames divides London roughly into north and south parts.

River Thames River enters the North Sea at the Thames Estuary while Huangpu river flows into East Sea of China. The River Thames cruise passes some famous attractins like Houses of Parliament, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The boats on Huangpu River in Shanghai sail pass Shanghai Bund, the skyline of skyscrapers, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, etc.

The enriched history of London is unveiled in front of us cruising on River Thames. The cruise on Huangpu River in Shanghai offers a good opportunity of immersing yourself in the combined sharp contrast of the old and new, the historical Bund and fast developed Pudong area rife with high-rises.  

No London tour is complete without an amazing cruise on River Thames. No Shanghai Tour is perfect without cruising on Huangpu River.

I really recommend you visit River Thames and Huangpu River when visiting the two great metropolises. They have been both cultivated by great rivers like other international metropolises. River Thames seen from a landing plane

River Thames seen from a landing plane
Huangpu River viewed from Jinmao Tower
Half hour Cruising on River Thames from the pier of the Eye of London to the Tower of London
One hour cruise on Huangpu River
The Eye of London stands brilliantly by River Thames
Oriental Pear TV Tower stands elegantly on the slyline of Pudong.
St. Paul’s Cathedral on the northern bank of River Thames
The buildings by the Bund left over from the colonial period of Shanghai 100 years ago

 

Tower of London by River Thames
The 421 m (1,381 ft) Jinmao Tower, the 494.4 m (1,622.0 ft) Shanghai World Financial Center east bank of Huangpu River
At nighfall, the two banks of Huangpu River look more brilliantly (1)!
At nighfall, the two banks of Huangpu River look more brilliantly (2)!

Add-On

How to Visit the Bund in Shanghai
Evening View of the Bund and Pudong Skyline Shanghai
Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking
How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong

Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Tour
Shanghai Day Tour
Shanghai Multi-Day Tour
Shanghai Evening Tour
Shanghai Cruise Port ( Transfer& Excursions )
Shanghai Beijing Tour
Shanghai Xian Tour
Shanghai Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai
Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai

Sunday, August 8th, 2021
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Hangzhou is historically oft-lauded as a paradise on the earth and now has become world famous with its West Lake Landscape listed as World Culture Heritage in 2011.

With its picturesque landscape and rich cultural and historical sites, Hangzhou has become a lively backyard garden for Shanghai, a metropolitan city, only 200km to the northeast of Hangzhou.

Many Shanghai leisure and business travelers would choose to make a day trip to Hangzhou when they plan a Shanghai tour. So what’s the best way or the most convenient and economic way of visiting Hangzhou from Shanghai for a day trip?

A one-hour high speed train from Shanghai Plus 15-minute subway ride in Hangzhou takes you to the core of the scenic Hangzhou – the West Lake Landscape.

Daily over 50 high speed trains darting from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway Station and Hangzhou Railway Station (  the old station). Check out the following steps to plan your Shanghai Hangzhou day trip.

Step 1: Early Highspeed Train from Shanghai to Hangzhou (One Hour Train Ride)
There are over 50 daily high speed trains from Shanghai to Hangzhou. Try to go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for an early train ride to make more time for your day trip in Hangzhou. The earliest train starts at 6:30am.

Basically you don’t have to reserve your train tickets, just buy and go ( except on China holidays when you have to reserve your tickets online well in advance).

Step 2: The Right Train Station in Hangzhou
There are two railway stations in Hangzhou ( Hangzhou East Railway Station and Hangzhou Railway Station ) which both receive high speed trains though the newly built Hangzhou East Railway Station handles most of the high speed trains in and out of Hangzhou. So make sure at which station you will alight in Hangzhou.

Step 3: Interchange for the Subway Line 1 in Hangzhou
No matter you get off at Hangzhou East Railway Station or Hangzhou Railway Station, you can easily interchange for Subway Line 1 in Hangzhou to get to the core of the West Lake Scenic Area.

The Subway Line 1 connects the two railway stations with its mid-way stop ( Longxiangqiao Station ) near the West Lake, the biggest draw in Hangzhou. Line up for buying your train ticket for the stop of Longxiangqiao Station (龙翔桥站).

Step 4: Exit from Exit C at Longxiangqiao Station (龙翔桥站)
A 15-minute metro will bring you to Longxiangqiao Station which is about 100 meters away from the world famous West Lake. When you alight at Longxiangqiao Station, you need to exit from Exit C ( don’t be distracted by C3 or C4), and go up straight onto the ground.

Step 5: Turn Right and Walk about 100 meters for the West Lake
Exit from Longxiangqiao Station, you are on the east-west Pinghai Road (平海路), you turn right ( to the west ) for a 100-meter walk, you will be at the West Lake.

Step 6: Centrally Located Hotels along Pinghai Road (平海路)
If you’d like to stay overnight in Hangzhou, you may book your hotel along Pinghai Road with easy access to the West Lake.

Exit from Longxiangqiao Station, if you turn left and walk for a few minutes, you are able to find some nice hotels such as Marco Polo Garden Hotel, Hangzhou Friendship Hotel, Hangzhou Zhongshan Hotel and Hangzhou Continental Hotel on Pinghai Road.

Step 7: Walk from Longxiangqiao Station ( Subway Line 1 ) to the edge of the West Lake
The 100-meter stroll allows you to see the largest Apple Store in Asia, a public bike rental booth, Starbucks and Hyatt Regency Hotel by the lake. You may rent a bike for a leisure rice along the lake.

Step 8: A Stroll along the Lake
Once you reach the lake, you may either walk along the north or down to the south around the lake, a 15-km in circumference.

Step 9: Backtrack for Shanghai from Hangzhou
You may go back to Shanghai by the same way you come. Keep in mind the last high speed train leaves from Hangzhou to Shanghai at 21:31.

Just show you some pictures for your glimpse of your walk from Longxiaoqiao Station to the edge of the West.

Once you get off at Longxiangqiao Station, you will see 4 exits, please exit from Exit C.

Exit from Exit C
Exit from Exit C

Walk to the right side from Exit C, you will see the largest Apple Store in Asia

Apple Store
Apple Store

Walking by a public bike rental booth

Public Bike Rental Booth
Public Bike Rental Booth

Starbucks by the Lake

Starbucks by the lake
Starbucks by the lake

Hyatt Regency Hotel Hangzhou facing the lake

Hyatt Regency Hotel Hangzhou facing the lake
Hyatt Regency Hotel Hangzhou facing the lake

Early Morning at the lake shore 100 meters west of Longxiangqiao Station of Subway Line 1

Early Morning at West Lake
Early Morning at West Lake

Pinghai Road (平海路), your starting point for your Hangzhou day trip.

Pinghai Road
Pinghai Road

Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Hangzhou Guided Tours:

Hangzhou Tour
Hangzhou 4-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou 3-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou Private Tour
Hangzhou Theme Tour
Hangzhou Side Trips
Hangzhou Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Top 10 Photography Spots in Hangzhou
Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou
The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou
The best time to visit Hangzhou
Hangzhou East Railway Station
Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall
How to Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes in Hangzhou
Where to stay in Hangzhou
Hangzhou Bicycle Hire
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou
Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai
How to Visit Grand Canal Hangzhou
How to Visit Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society
How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda
Hangzhou Tea Plantation
How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou
The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou

Any question, just drop a line.

10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai

Sunday, August 1st, 2021
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The fish-village-turned-metropolitan Shanghai has much more to offer than the hot tourist attractions such as the Bund, Pudong Skyline, Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar and Shanghai Museum.

I have rounded up 10 of the best non-mainstream attractions to help you get the real feel of Shanghai just like a local and plan your own Shanghai tour.  These non-tourist hot spots could be a road, a museum, a park, an old house, a beautiful community, and an old town.

1. Xinchang Ancient Town

If you want to know how Shanghai used to be before it has been transformed into a metropolitan city with its old buildings replaced by skyscrapers, go to the old town known as Xinchang Ancient Town.

Xinchang is still a relatively laid back water-town despite the fact that it is located on Line 16 of the Shanghai Metro. The stellar standout is the 500 years old teahouse set by the canal. The wooden buildings along the canal and the stone bridges offer great photogenic opportunities. Many China’s water towns have been overdeveloped. The houses here still look authentic.

Xinchang Ancient Town
Xinchang Ancient Town

One good reason to come here is to have a bite of the local food from the little riverside restaurants, typical Chinese, very tasty and cheap. A must-try is the chou (smelly) tofu. Admission to the town is free. The museum (18 RMB) and temple (free) are worth visiting.

Tel: 128 Haiquan St, Xinchangzhen, Pudong, Shanghai 浦东新场镇
Tel: 86 21 5817 0205,  021-58170652
How to get there: Take metro line 16 and get off at the station of Xinchang and walk to the old town.

2. Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

It is a hidden gem museum in Shanghai. It is located in the basement of an apartment block, easy to miss without a good map.

The owner Yang Peiming has a vast collection of over 5,000 propaganda posters ranging from the early days of the founding of People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the end of 1970s – the Cultural Revolution.

propaganda posters
propaganda posters

Many of the propaganda posters were rescued from trash bins and cycling markets. It is worth a look particularly if you have an interest in history and the culture of China. The gift shop sells the original and replica posters as well as the stuffs in the old days.

Open Hours:  10am – 5pm daily. Admission 20RMB.
Add: 868 Huashan Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai 徐汇区华山路868号B号楼
Tel: 86 21 6211 1845

3. Liuli China Museum 

Liuli China Museum is founded and designed by the renowned glass artists Loretta Yang and Chang Yi. “Liuli” literally refers to the ancient Chinese glass. The exotic name indicates Loretta Yang and Chang Yi’s desire to revive and develop artistic Chinese glassware.

This creative art museum has two exhibition floors – The first floor is designed for showcasing ancient Chinese glassware series, glass artwork from the world art glass masters and the new glass artworks from the 10 contemporary international glass artists; the second floor for displaying the representative masterpieces done by the glass artist – Loretta Yang.

Story of the Golden Hand of Buddha by Loretta Yang Shanghai
Story of the Golden Hand of Buddha by Loretta Yang Shanghai

Entrance Fee: 20 yuan
Opening hours:
Museum:  Tuesday – Sunday  10:00-17:00
Museum Store:  Monday – Sunday  10:00-22:00
XiaoSanTang (LIULI CAFÉ ):  Monday – Sunday  11:00-23:00

Add: No.25, Taikang Rd, Shanghai (Just opposite to Tianzifang )
Tel: 0086-21-64672268
How to get there
Take metro line 9 and get off at the station of Dapulu and Exit 1 (打浦路站)

4. Holy Trinity Church, Shanghai 

Holy Trinity Church is the most beautiful protestant church in Shanghai. The church was originally built in 1847 and  designed in a gothic revival style by British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

The church is constructed interiorly and exteriorly of red bricks,  hence the nickname of “Red Church”. It was the first and the most beautiful remaining protestant church in Shanghai. Now the church has recently been renovated and serves as the main church and headquarters of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement in Shanghai.

Holy Trinity Church, Shanghai
Holy Trinity Church, Shanghai

Add: 219, Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai  九江路219号
How to get there
Take metro line 2 and get off at the station of East Nanjing Road and exit from Exit 3, then walk to the church.

Fumin Road –  Shanghai’s New Local Fashion Street 

Fumin Road isn’t long, just about 600 meters and runs between Julu Road and Changle Road. Its original name is Route Courbet in memory of the French General Route Courbet.

The well- preserved old residences can be spotted everywhere on the street, allowing you to get a feel of far away from urban hustles and bustles.

Helen Lee’s first store on Fumin Road
Helen Lee’s first store on Fumin Road

Once a quiet and quaint street in the old French Concession, it has been gradually transformed into a fashion street, a hotbed of activity for young local designers. Many local fashion designers settle and open their shops here. Fumin Road sits between Julu Road and Changle Road. 上海富民路.

6. Antique Garden Shanghai – the Most beautiful Café 

Antique Garden Shanghai  is a great place to cool down and relax after milling around in the Old French Concession. As its name suggests, the two-storey coffee shop is peppered with antique furniture and old stuffs.

Antique Garden Shanghai - the Most Beaitiful Café
Antique Garden Shanghai – the Most beautiful Café

They make good tea,  Chinese red tea and green tea, and aromatic coffee with delectable snacks. You may choose to sit inside or outside in the garden. The place has wifi, a perfect place to read, write, talk and blog.

Add: No.44 Sinan Road, Shanghai 上海思南路44号
Open Hours: 11:00am – 11:30pm
Tel: 021-53821055 021-53828646

7. New Star Bathhouse

If  you feel a bit tired after a long day or two of sight-seeing or shopping, it is a good idea to relax at the Korean style bathhouse.  New Star bathhouse has a large wet area with a good selection of different temperature water baths, dry sauna and steam room.

New Star Spa
New Star Spa

Pay your entrance fee for bathing ( around 60 yuan ) and leave your shoes and go to your gendered section. You will be given a key to your locker room to store your clothes. Go naked in the wet area for bathing and sauna, message ( about 80 yuan ) and or body scrub ( 35 yuan ).

You dry off and slip into pants and shirt and go to the dry area for the resting place – eating or drinking,  spending half of your day.

Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours

Three Locations:
1) No.01, Lane 258, Jinhui South Road, near Hongquan Road, Minhang district, Shanghai 闵行区金汇南路258弄1号
Tel: (021)62597771
2) 1900 Tianshan Lu, Yanan Xi Lu, Changning district, Shanghai  长宁区天山路1900号
Tel: (021)34320777
3) Dongxie Road 288, 东绣路288号(近梅花路)
Tel: (021)58387771

8. Shanghai Postal Museum

Shanghai Postal Museum, as its name suggests, tells the history and stories relative to Shanghai’s postal service with quite detailed exhibits and stamp collections. No entry fee. You need to spend one hour in the museum and it is quite interesting.

Shanghai Postal Museum
Shanghai Postal Museum

The museum is not far from the Bund, just 10 minutes walk from the Waibaidu Bridge at the North of The Bund. Last admission at 4pm. You can purchase stamps and stamp related books in the post office itself.

The building of the museum itself is worth having a look. It has a gorgeous Romanesque clock tower  and its rooftop garden offers a fantastic view of the cityscape of Shanghai. |

Add: 276 Bei Suzhou Road,  Hongkuo District 虹口区北苏州路250号

9. Zhongshan Park

In China, many big cities have a park known as Zhongshan Park in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,  a Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China. Shanghai is no exception and Shanghai Zhongshan Park is the biggest in the downtown Shanghai.

Zhongshan Park
Zhongshan Park

It is a great place to see how the local people to do their daily life. If you get there in the morning,  you will see people playing Taiji, doing morning exercises, singing and dancing and more. It is interesting to mix with the locals.

Admission: free
Opening Hours: 05:00~19:00(Summer); 06:00~18:00(non-summer)
Add: 780 Changning Road, Changning District 长宁区长宁路780号

10. Shanghai Maritime University (Nanhui )

If you like university tours, looking at their infrastructures, at their gardens and visiting their libraries, you may go to visit Shanghai Maritime University, the most beautiful university in Shanghai.

Shanghai Maritime University
Shanghai Maritime University

Located only 2 km away from the sea, it has a lighthouse, and even a landing pad for helicopter. There are the beautiful lake named Zhihui Lake, Lover’s Slope. Going to class, you have to hike across a high mound and walk across a river. It has an incredibly beautiful campus.

Add: 155 Hucheng Ring Road, Xinchengzhen, Nanhui, Pudong, Shanghai 浦东新区 南汇新城镇沪城环路155号
Tel: (021)58855200

Add-On

How to Visit the Bund in Shanghai
Evening View of the Bund and Pudong Skyline Shanghai
Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking
How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong

Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Tour
Shanghai Day Tour
Shanghai Multi-Day Tour
Shanghai Evening Tour
Shanghai Cruise Port ( Transfer& Excursions )
Shanghai Beijing Tour
Shanghai Xian Tour
Shanghai Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai
Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.