Shanghai, also known as Hu or Shen for short, is an important central city in China, with its GDP ranking no.1 among all cities across the country.Shanghai has a strong foundation of contemporary urban culture and houses numerous historical monuments. A unique Shanghai culture has been gradually formed with the integration of traditional Wuyue culture to the south of the Yangtze River with various cultures brought by immigrants from different regions.
Xujiahui Catholic Church
Built in 1896, Xujiahui Catholic Church is located at 158 Puxi Road.Formally known as St. Ignatius Cathedral, it has been listed as one of China's national key cultural relics protection sites.The Church was built in a style imitating the Gothic architecture in the Middle Ages, with red brick walls, slate roofs, white stone columns and two 50-meter-high bell towers.It was known as the no. 1 building in Shanghai at that time for its huge scale, elegant shape and exquisite workmanship.
Address:158 Puxi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai (Wending Road).
The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dongyi Road, is 1.5 kilometers in length.It borders Hungpu River to the east, and to its west are 52 buildings of distinct styles, including Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Chinese and Western-style, known as 'the Exotic Building Clusters'.These buildings combining modernism with classicism have become a symbol of Shanghai.Located just across the river from the Bund in Pudong are a number of must-see tourist spots, including landmarks such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower.
Address:Along East-1 Zhongshan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai.
Tianzifang is a lane (Nongtang in Chinese) nicknamed 'Second Xintiandi', and its prominent feature is that many residents are still dwelling here.The lane with the porch carved with 'Zhicheng' was finished in 1933 and displays ancient charm.The lane houses specialty shops and artist's workshops, boasting everything from tea shops, alfresco restaurants, open-air cafes, galleries and home furnishings to hand-made crafts and many well-known Shanghai creative studios. It really does have everything!
Address:Nos. 1-23, Lane 210, Taikang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai
There are many shopping places in Shanghai ranging from expensive shopping malls and boutique shops to cheap wholesale markets that satisfy shoppers of all kinds.
Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street
Known as the no. 1 business street in China, Nanjing Road was the first business street in Shanghai. It is renowned as the '10-mile foreign settlement' stretching from the Bund in the east to East Yan'an Road in the west, with a total length of 5.5 kilometers.It houses over 100 shops of Chinese time-honored brands as well as modernized shopping malls and stores,satisfying the needs of mass consumers, while also providing expensive luxury stores, such as Plaza 66, the Westgate Mall and Sogo.
Address:East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (between Middle Xizang Road and Middle Henan Road).
Dongtai Road Antique Market
Located at the intersection of Liuhe Road and Dongtai Road, it is a street well known at home and abroad specializing in vintage crafts. It is also referred to as 'Liulichang Cultural Street' in Shanghai.It mainly sells vintage crafts including porcelain, jade, bronzeware, wooden carvings, calligraphy and painting, the Four Treasures of the Study (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper), and accessories.Each store has its own style, expressed through the unique decor.
Address:No. 63, Liuhekou Road, Luwan District, Shanghai (near West Zangnan Road)
Shanghai cuisine features rich oil, strong tastes, intensive use of sugar and bright colors.The common preparation methods include braising, simmering and sugaring, bringing a salty yet sweet and an oily-but-not-greasy taste.The well-known meat courses include ring oil eel paste, flash fried river shrimp, braised river eel, braised pork intestine, braised chayote pork tripe, braised catfish and braised chicken and chestnut in brown sauce. Various vegetables are served depending on the season,such as pakchoi seedlings, malantou, shepherd's purse and edible rape, which all taste fresh.
Pan-fried bun stuffed with pork
The pan-fried bun is a traditional snack of the Han Dynasty originating in Shanghai.It features a crispy crust fried to a golden color and sesame and chives sprinkled on the top.Smell that fragrant aroma and take a bite for a mouthful of delicious soup.
Recommended restaurants:Yang's Dumplings
Address: 720 East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai.
Stuffed soup dumpling
Shanghai's stuffed soup dumplings are one of the many steamed stuffed buns available, known for their "small size, thin skins, generous amounts of filling, fresh meat, tastiness, lavish amount of soup, delicate fragrance and refreshing flavor".
Recommended restaurants:Old City God's Temple Food Street
Address: Fangbang Zhonglu, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Renan Street to the east and Fuyou to the north).
This famous cuisine from Jiangsu's Zhejiang region is prepared using yellow wine and Shaoxing wine as essential flavorings to eliminate the fishy smell and greasy taste.The soft, tender chicken soaked in intense, aromatic Shaoxing wine is truly intoxicating.
Recommended restaurants:South Yunnan Road Food Street
Address: Yunnan South Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai (near Yan'an East Road)
The urban transport system is extremely developed in Shanghai.There are over 1,000 bus routes with 18,000 buses in operation and a daily volume of passengers reaching 7.8 million, accounting for 65% of daily public transportation capacity. It is one of the cities which operates the most bus routes in the world.
The initial rate is 13 yuan for distances within 3 kilometers. Additional distances are charged at 2.4 yuan per kilometer and 3.6 yuan per kilometer after 10 kilometers.Every 5 minutes waiting will be converted into 1 kilometer in fare.Another 1 yuan is added as a fuel surcharge.
In operation since the early 1990s, it is the third urban rail transit system constructed in China after Beijing and Tianjin.It ranks the first in terms of operation scale, with a daily passenger volume of approximately 6.7 million during weekdays.Shanghai one of the busiest subway systems in the world.
Power consumption:220 v/50 Hz
Telephone area code:86-021
Shanghai falls into the typical climate type of sub-tropical maritime monsoon with a clear division of four seasons. It's warm and moist with ample rainfall concentrated during May to September.The hottest months are July and August, and there are around ten days when the temperature reaches 35℃ every year, during which time outdoor activities are not recommended.Although there is no snow, it is still cold during the last third of January to the beginning of February when warm clothes should be worn to protect against the clammy air and chilly north wind. Aside from the seasonal considerations, the best time for enjoying the beauty of the flowers in Shanghai is from March to May. The flowers include plum blossom in Qingpu, rape flower in Fengxian, peach blossom in Pudong and orchids in Songjiang.Autumn, from September to November, is the best time for enjoying Chinese mitten crabs.