The Bund or Waitan is a famous waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centres on a section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.
Some of the most famous and attractive sight for tours around China at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.
The main attractions on The Bund for China tours are the Group of sculptures: Light of Huangpu River, Sail, and Wind; the Chenyi Square with a stone statue of Chenyi, who was the first mayor of Shanghai; and the Sightseeing Tunnel which is the first underwater tunnel for foot passengers in China.
The Bund was once the financial center of the Far East. It is considered the city’s symbol since the 1920s. It is often referred to as “the museum of buildings”, as many different styles of European buildings can be found here including banks, hotels, exclusive clubs, press organizations and headquarters of international concerns. Now it is even more attractive as you can also see modern skyscrapers just opposite the Huangpu River. That gives you a strong contrast between modern life and the past.
Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai, China, and is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. It is also the world’s longest shopping district; around 5.5km long, and attracts over 1 million visitors daily.
Nanjing Road comprises two sections, Nanjing Road East and Nanjing Road West. East Nanjing Road is a dedicated commercial zone. In the east is the central section of the Bund and west of the Bund precinct was traditionally the hub of European-style restaurants and cafes, although in recent years these have become less of a feature as the demographics of visitors to Nanjing Road have shifted from affluent local residents to visitors from around the country. Close by is the Central Market, a century-old outdoor market today specialising in electronic components and digital media. Further west is the Nanjing Road pedestrian mall, the location of most of Shanghai’s oldest and largest department stores, as well as a variety of domestic retail outlets, and some traditional eateries with a long history that provides a unique China experience.
Today East Nanjing Road becomes the first choice for many fashion-seeking shoppers.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite of the Bund makes it a distinct landmark in Shanghai and a place for educational tours to China.
The Tower was designed by the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Construction began in 1990 and the tower was completed in 1994. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it is one of the tallest structures in China, the highest in Asia and the third highest in the world. It is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration in 2007.
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a multifunctional venue with sight-seeing, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, Shanghai History Museum, Cruise Dock and a theatre for cultural performances. It has already become one of the most symbolic venues and tourism resources in Shanghai and it is acclaimed as one of the ten best views in Shanghai for tours around China.
The tower includes 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels creating an artistic conception of “large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate”. There is a revolving teahouse and a sightseeing platform in the TV tower, where the largest ball can accommodate 1600 people. Here visitors on guided tours to China can get a panoramic view of the Bund and Pudong New area. There are 6 elevators within the tower, five of which are installed in the three columns, including a double-decked one, and another one runs between the height of 250 meters and 341 meters. Two medium-sized elevators, accommodating 30 persons each and running at a speed of 7 meters per second, cover the distance from the bottom of the tower to the highest sphere in 40 seconds.
French Concession Region
The French Concession is the area of Shanghai once designated for the French, consisting of today’s Luwan and Xuhui Districts. Luwan’s Huaihai Road is a busy shopping street and is also home to both Xintiandi and Tian Zi Fang, extremely popular shopping and dining spots for tourists on travel tours to China. Xuhui is also popular for tourists and is home to Shanghai Stadium.
After the Opium War of 1842, Shanghai had been opened up for foreign trade and it soon became home to several foreigners. The colonial French officers then created a district in 1849 for French people. The area expanded in 1900-1914, making it one of the most affluent and the best residential areas in the city. The early residents of the area were mostly French but the Chinese, Russia, American and British also lived in the area later. The area was ruled by French for around a century till 1943.
The French Concession area is called as the Paris of East due to its several Tudor mansions, tree lined avenues, wrought iron fences and stair railings that’s very reminiscent of neighborhoods in France.
Some of the highlights of the area for tour packages to China include Xinle Road and Changle Road, the best places for finding designer stores; The Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, one of the main attractions which was built in the Xujiahui District where today the area has a small museum which is home to several artifacts related to Chinese politics leading up to the founding of PRC; Fuxing Park, a European style park which was earlier called the French Park and is very popular with the locals, with open spaces, gardens and dotted with clubs and restaurants, the park sees singing groups, tai chi artists, mahjong and card players and dancers in the mornings and visitors can walk along the Fuxing Road to see classical old Chinese-European buildings and enjoy the historical neatness of the road; The Cemetery of Longhua Martyrs, is more of a memorial garden and museum than a graveyard, but the acreage is beautiful and large.
Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. It was first established in Ming dynasty in 1577 by a mandarin named Pan yunduan who used to be the governor of Sichuan and later expanded greatly. The Yuyuan Garden was considered the best garden in southeast China. It enjoyed a history over 400 years since its first establishment by Pan yunduan who had intended to bring happiness and pleasure to his parents and relatives. Yuyuan Garden is a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai.
It became the headquarters of the dagger association or small-sword group uprising (an uprising in 1853 led by the dagger association, a secret organization, against the foreign imperialists in Shanghai and Xiamen of Fujian province). Now a great number of weapons, home-made coins and announcements used by the dagger association are on display in the spring hall of the garden. A large-scale restoration of the Yuyuan garden was conducted after the establishment of prc and it was opened to the public formally in 1961. It is one of the places visited in all inclusive tours to China.
Upon entering the garden, you will encounter a rockery, which is called the Great Rockery. With a height of 14 meters (about 50 feet), it is the largest as well as the oldest rockery in the southern region of the Yangtze River. On the top of the rockery, visitors who travel to China can get a bird’s eye view of the garden. Cuixiu Hall sits at the foot of the rockery. It is a quiet and elegant place surrounded by old trees and beautiful flowers. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all have unique characteristics. There are six main scenic areas here: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden.
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