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Shanghai Municipality

Shanghai is called "hu" or "shen" for short. Located at the outlet where the Yangtze River empties into the sea, Shanghai is the gate of the Yangtze River valley. The city has a comfortable climate and distinctive seasonal changes.

Shanghai is a municipality directly under the central government. It has an area of 6,340 sq km and a population of 13.79 million. Shanghai is a financial, trade and shipping center, a comprehensive industrial base and a well-known historical and cultural city in China.

Shanghai is famous for its bustling metropolis atmosphere and rich cultural resources at home and abroad. Shanghai has attracted more and more Chinese and foreign tourists with its tourist attractions, such as the oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Mansion, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Theater and colorful celebrations and festivals, including the Shanghai Tourism Festival and China International Art-Festival.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People's Square in the Huangpu District.
 
● 1952: Museum founded and first open to the public in the former Shanghai Racecourse club house, now at 325 W. Nanjing Rd.. 
● 1959: Museum moved into the former Zhonghui Building at 16 S. Henan Rd., which previously housed insurance companies and bank offices. 
● 1992: Museum allocated a piece of land on People's Square by the Shanghai municipal government, as its new site.
 
Construction of the current building started in August 1993. It was inaugurated in October 12, 1996. It is 29.5 meters high with five floors, covering a total area of 39,200 m². 
 
Designed by a local architect, the new museum building is designed in the shape of an ancient, bronze, tripod cooking vessel called a ding. It is said that the inspiration for the design was specifically provided by the Da Ke Ding, now on exhibit in the museum. The building has round top and a square base, symbolising the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth".
 
The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. It has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. The permanent galleries are:
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Bronze 
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Sculpture 
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Ceramics 
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Jades 
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Paintings 
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Calligraphy 
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Seals 
● Gallery of Ancient Chinese Numismatics 
● Gallery of Chinese Furniture in Ming and Qing dynasties 
● Gallery of Arts and Crafts by Chinese Minorities 
 
The Shanghai Museum houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a "transparent" bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty
Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

Situated in People's Park, Shanghai Museum is one of the finest museums in China. Housed over 4 levels, each of the 16 rooms focuses on a different part of China's vast history: calligraphy, Ming furniture, ethnic costumes, bronze sculptures, coins pottery etc.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition

The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is located on People's Square, adjacent to the city's municipal government building.
The Exhibition Center is a 6 story building, with two basement levels, which displays Shanghai 's urban planning and development. Exhibitions include models of planned and recent developments, as well as Shanghai 's history. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a huge scale model of the city of Shanghai, showing all existing and approved buildings. Visitors can view the model at "ground level", or ascend a gallery running around it for views from above.

The model is intended to represent the entire city, including all planned developments. However, a few stout pillars, necessitated by the building design, penetrate the scale model. This means certain areas are missing from the model, and views of the model are sometimes obscured by the columns.

The Bund

The Bund

Populated by the beautiful Art Deco buildings of the European, British and American banks that settled here in the 1930s, the Bund is the best way to experience the city's colonial past. Situated on the banks of the Huang Pu River, there is something happening on the Bund every moment of the day; from locals doing tai chi in the early morning mist to families parading along the strip under the neon lights at night.

Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Shanghai's development has been meticulously planned for decades to come; you can see it all with an incredible scale model of the city, now and in the future. Discover the Shanghai of yesterday, today and tomorrow in this six storey interactive experience. Located close to peoples square and Shanghai Museum.

West Nanjing Road

West Nanjing Road

Westgate Mall, Zhong Xin Tai Fu, Plaza 66, Jiu Guang Sogo Department Store are all around this shopping area. They mainly deal in world brand names. It has a comprehensive function of shopping, relaxation and relaxation and entertainment. 

Xintiandi

Xintiandi

Translating as 'New Earth' Xintiandi is a vibrant area of central Shanghai filled with up market bars, cafes and restaurants. The setting is within traditional Shikumen Houses (Stone Gate houses) threaded through narrow alley ways. Although you are in the heart of the new China, the flavour is very international.

XuJiaHui

XuJiaHui

XuJiaHui, with XuJiaHui Square as the center, boasts a galaxy of well-known malls-Grand Gateway, Orient Shopping Center, Pacific, Shanghai LiuBai, HuiJin Department store, Pacific Digital Plaza, Metro City, Sunrise Department store, HuiLian Department store, etc. Besides, there thrives indeally-situated Metro Shopping Plaza underground with the flow of enthusiastic shoppers.

Yu Yuan Gardens

Yu Yuan Gardens

Once you've entered into the grounds of this 500 year old classical Chinese garden, you'll instantly forget that you are surrounded by a city of 18 million people. Employing the four traditional concepts of water, building, rocks and plants, the Yu Yuan Gardens are a fine example of Ming garden design and are one of Shanghai's premier sights. Surrounding the gardens is the popular Yu Yuan bazaar, which showcases the beautiful designs of Shanghai's ancient houses.