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The Old World Charm in Shanghai

Sunday, March 25th, 2018
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When you arrive in Pudong Airport and move further into to the city center of the megacity of Shanghai, you will be bombarded with trendy and futuristic skyscrapers  as well as amazed by the old world charms of the colonial buildings and traditional Chinese alleys and elegant architectures.

Shanghai has many superlatives which you won’t miss on your first trip to Shanghai – the fastest maglev train in the world, the tallest observation deck, the highest hotel and the list could be longer.

If you are an old world charm enthusiast, you will be definitely excited by what the fish-village-turned metropolitan Shanghai can offer.  The surviving old town area, mainly inclusive of Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar and Town God Temple will catch your imagination of the old world charm in Shanghai.

Though a bit gone through some gentrification, the old town area still largely keeps its old Chinese buildings,  charming private gardens, Chinese temples, street-front shops; tea house, silk, Shanghai cuisines, snacks and local products.

For more information on How to get to the Old Town in Shanghai, please check out How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar.

If you have enough time in traveling the old world in Shanghai,  sit down in a tea house which is located in the heart of the Nine-Bend Bridge and Pond. The Nine-Bend Bridge and the Pond is the core of the bustling area of the old town. The tea house is known as “Huxinting Tea House” , literally “Mid-Lake Pavilion Tea house”.

Huxinting Tea House  is an old wooden two-story house with up-turned eaves perched on the pond.  The two flags with the big character “茶” ( Tea ) are fluttering in the wind, an old way to attract visitors to come for a sip of Chinese tea and sit above a bit distant cacophony of noise and motion.

Huxinting Teahouse perched on the pond

I walk up the ladder to the second floor and order a cup of green tea and some snacks which costs me about 10 US dollars.

You have a quite variety of tea choices with some being very expensive. So be vigilant about your tea selection.

I walk up the ladder to the second floor and order a cup of green tip of Chinese tea

Two qipao-clad Chinese girls are playing pipa, a traditional Chinese string instrument.

Two qipao-clad Chinese girls are playing pipa

Sitting leisurely and sipping Chinese tea, talking, laughing and enjoying the quietness in the middle of noise and human motion below.

Sitting leisurely and sipping Chinese tea,

You can have a better view overlooking the old world charm below with people moving against the traditional Chinese buildings, zigzag bridges, alleys and people to people watch.

You can have a better view overlooking the old world charm below

On the first floor in the teahouse, you will have an opportunity to watch people how to manually make green tea, by frying the tea on a big wok.

Watch people how to manually make green tea

Walk around the hustling area,  have a peep show accompanied by singing commentary, an old recreational performance.

A peep show accompanied by singing commentary,

Waiting in line to buy watering steamed buns with pork or other delicious fillings.

Sipping the soup in the bun by using a plastic tube.

 

A chic Starbucks housed in a traditional architecture

Planning your Shanghai tour? No matter you like it or not, a side trip to the old town in Shanghai is worth your valuable time

Tip:  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 Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour package from US$ 199

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival

Monday, March 12th, 2018
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Planning your Shanghai tour? If you happen to visit Shanghai during late March and early April, you have the chance to participate in the annual cherry blossom festival in Shanghai. The main venue for the blossom festival is Gucun Park (顾村公园), Gucun Town, Baoshan District, about 20km north of People’s Square in Shanghai.

Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival
The 1st Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival
Venue: Gucun Park
Time:  March 15 – April 15

Gucun Park and other 7 parks – Gongqing Forest Park, Fengxian Haiwan National Forest Park, Pudong Century Park, Pudong Huaxia Park, Minxing Sports Park, Hongkou Luxun Park and Yangpu Park.

Shanghai Cherry Blossom

Shanghai Cherry Blossom

Shanghai Blossom Festival and Gucun Park
Spring has quietly landed on Shanghai with green colors and spring flowers appearing in the gardens and parks scattered around Shanghai. The green spaces in the metropolitan city of Shanghai are larger than many people expect. Gucun Park is one of the suburban parks favored by Shanghai residents.

Gucun Park has a total area of 434 hectares, the core of Shanghai’s green ecology and the largest suburban park in Shanghai. Gucun Park is mainly composed of 7 gardens – Exotic Garden, Forest Barbecue Garden, Suburban Forest Garden, Forest Stroll Garden, Children Carnival, Forest Sports Garden and Botanical Sightseeing Garden.

The park also promotes 4 themed seasonal events – Viewing Cherry Blossoms in Spring, Seeing Lotus Flowers in Summer, Appreciating Osmanthus in Autumn and Viewing Plum Blossoms in Winter.

Shanghai Blossom Festival is the biggest event ever held in Gucun Park annually. The 2015′ Shanghai Blossom Festival is also co-sponsored by other 7 parks in Shanghai – Gongqing Forest Park, Fengxian Haiwan National Forest Park, Pudong Century Park, Pudong Huaxia Park, Minxing Sports Park, Hongkou Luxun Park and Yangpu Park.

So if you are pressed for time, you may choose to visit any of the 7 parks near your hotel or residence.

Entrance Fee: Gucun Park ( 20 yuan ), Gongqing Forest Park (15 yuan ), Fengxian Haiwan National Forest Park (80 yuan), Pudong Century Park (10 yuan), Pudong Huaxia Park (free), Minxing Sports Park (free), Hongkou Luxun Park (free) and Yangpu Park (free).

How to Get to Gucun Park
Add: 4788 Hutai Road, Bashan District, Shanghai 地址:上海市宝山区沪太路4788号
Service Hotlines:021-56045199, 021-36621019
Free Service: Push carts for babies, wheelchairs, and medical care ( aid kit )
Public Transport Route: Bus 527 and 528
Metro: Subway Line 7
Parking Lot: 5700 individual parking spaces.

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
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

Any question, just drop a line.

How to Visit Shanghai World Financial Center

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
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Only after Shanghai Tower – the tallest skyscraper in Shanghai, Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is the second tallest building ( 492 meters ) offering no less magnificent panoramic views from the sky over the magical city of Shanghai. The most outstanding feature of the building is an aperture on its summit, which is often dubbed as “the bottle opener” by foreigners and Chinese.

In Shanghai,  there are four major tallest buildings that have fantastic observation decks from the sky with mesmerizing panoramas – Shanghai Tower, Jinmao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

The left is Shanghai World Finacial Center ( the bottle opener )

If you are an enthusiast for panoramic views from tall buildings,  you can choose any of the four skyscrapers – Shanghai Tower ( 623 meters ), Shanghai World Financial Center ( 492 meters ) , Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower ( 470 meters ), and Jinmao Tower (420 meters ).

The Tallest Buildings on the concrete forest of Pudong Skyline

Today let’s go up Shanghai World Financial Center!  Shanghai World Financial Center stands adjacent to Shanghai Tower on its east and Jinmao Tower on its southeast. It is a multi-use skyscraper, encompassing offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls.

How to Get to Shanghai World Financial Center?
Add: No. 100, Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai 浦东世纪大道100号
By Subway: Just take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Lujiazui and walk to the tower

Practical Information ( Tickets and Business Hours )
Business Hours: 8:00 – 23:00 ( latest entry at 22:00)
Ticket for the 100th floor deck: 150 yuan

The 1ooth-floor observation deck – sightseeing Sky Pavilion Deck
It is said that there are three observation decks on the building. But you won’t miss the tallest 100th-floor observation deck known as “Sightseeing Sky Pavilion”.

Inside the Sightseeing Sky Pavilion

The Sightseeing Sky Pavilion is housed on the 100th-floor in Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC). It is a 474-meter high suspended long corridor over the aperture of the bottle opener.

Taking pictures from the Sightseeing Sky Pavilion

From the transparent corridor, you can see both the turrets of Jinmao Tower and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. As if walking in the clouds, you can glimpse all the beautiful sights on both sides of Huangpu River.

Selfie from the Sightseeing Sky Pavilion

Inside the 55-meter long sightseeing corridor, there are three transparent floors through which you can easily see the pedestrians, vehicles and the whole city moving under your feet.

The panoramic view from the Sightseeing Sky Pavilion

 

Tip:  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 Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour package from US$ 199

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
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

Any questions, just drop a line.