Shanghai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia and is located in central-eastern China. There are many sites and landmarks of historical interest and millions of tourists travel to this part of the world on an annual basis. With that being said, Shanghai also happens to be one of the greatest business capitals of the world and many business people will travel across the globe for important meetings. However, visiting such a place on business shouldn’t stop you from spending a few days (or nights) enjoying what this beautiful city has to offer.
The People’s Square can be found in the very center of Shanghai and is a site to behold. It is surrounded in its entirety by the municipal government building and covers well over 100,000 square meters of land. You will find many great Shanghai tourist attractions in this area, including the Exhibition Hall, the Museum and the Grand Theatre. The view is nothing short of spectacular and between all these huge buildings you will find huge areas of trees and green landscape. Once you arrive at the very center of People’s Square you will find the musical fountain and the view is simply breathtaking at night. Many locals choose to use the square as part of their daily walking ritual and you are bound to find literally thousands of people in this area.
Tianzifang Street really is a tourist’s dream come true. This was previously a residential area, but has undergone a vast amount of redevelopment over the past few decades. You will discover various sources of entertainment, including bars, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, shops and just about anything else you would like to spend your money on. The lanes are extremely narrow, although this simply enhances the romantic nature of this particular area. You should be aware that many residents still live in this area and therefore it’s important to respect their privacy.
The Yu Yuan Garden can be found in Old Shanghai and is considered one of the most famous landmarks in the city. In fact, this is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Shanghai and hasn’t changed all that much over the years. Close by you will find the Shanghai bazaar, which will reveal a wonderful world of street markets and vendors. This is probably the ideal opportunity to purchase gifts and local food that you may not come across anywhere else in Shanghai. The garden actually dates back to the Ming Dynasty and was originally built as a private garden by a Shanghai governor in the 16th-century.
The Huangpu River is approximately 70 miles in length and actually meets the famous Yangtze River. Approximately, 25 miles of this river travels through Shanghai, but surprisingly the river is only ¼ of a mile wide and less than 10 feet deep. You have the opportunity to cruise down this wonderful river and learn about its history and importance to the people of Shanghai, as it has been used for international trade and tourism for many, many years. The river also supplies water to well over 10 million local residents.