Exploring Old and New Shanghai
As one of the world’s most dynamic, fast-paced metropolises, Shanghai is a city of startling juxtapositions between East and West, modern and traditional. If you want to truly experience Shanghai, you’ll have to embrace its many faces. Here’s what you need to know to experience the city, old and new.
Old Shanghai Despite its ultramodern skyline, pockets of Old Shanghai remain throughout the city. Learn about the city’s rich Chinese heritage on a walking tour of the historic walled town, wander the maze of backstreet nongtangs (traditional neighborhoods), soak up the classic architecture of Yuyuan Garden, and pay your respects at the Temple of the Town God. Stop for some traditional Chinese tea before heading to the French Concession to learn about Shanghai’s European influences.
New Shanghai You’d be hard pressed to find a more futuristic skyline than the one along the Huangpu River in Shanghai. Snap some pictures of the soaring skyscrapers of Pudong from the Bund across the river, or ride an elevator to the top of Oriental Pearl Tower or Shanghai World Financial Center for sweeping views across the city. The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and Shanghai Expo 2010 Park are great places to learn about the city’s modern development. No exploration of modern Shanghai would be complete without a ride on the high-speed Maglev train.