Sights of Shanghai
Chinese Shanghai, which is built in the Yangtze Delta, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Now its face is an endless array of skyscrapers, glittering advertisements, high-end hotels, shops and restaurants. But the most interesting thing is not this, but the great Chinese sights, almost all of which are located in the administrative region of Songjiang.
Huangpu River Embankment, Weitan Street is the symbol of Shanghai. On it you can see street vendors and artists. And the architecture of this area is a bit like the boulevards of New York, Las Vegas or Chicago. Especially chic Vaitan at night, with multi-colored illumination of lights.
The city center is proud of the People’s Square, which houses most of the government buildings, as well as the theater and the Shanghai Museum. The square itself looks extremely unusual: instead of asphalt or paving slabs, a lawn has been sown here and trees have been planted. It is the political and cultural center of the city.
The tallest TV tower in all of Asia was built here. It is called the “Pearl of the East”, and one cannot but agree with this. It is based on 3 elongated cylinders, the radius of which is 3.5 meters, and 11 different steel balls are used. Inside, for convenient movement around the floors, 6 very fast elevators are installed, and to improve the quality of work, there is a restaurant and even a mini-museum.
Near the “Pearl of the East” is one of the best oceanariums in China. When moving through the halls, one gets the feeling that a journey is being made through various parts of the world, the inhabitants of these places are being explored.
A very famous place in Shanghai is Yuyuan Garden of Joy. It was founded in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty. On the area of the garden (which is several hectares), artificial islands, mounds were created, gazebos, walkways and pavilions were built in the shade of trees.
Yuyuan Garden is surrounded by a large shopping area where you can buy antiques, paintings, souvenirs made from bamboo and shells, and you can also try unique Chinese dishes.
No less famous is such a place as the Temple of the Jade Buddha. Directly in it is a huge statue of the Buddha, created from white jade, decorated with precious and semi-precious stones. The walls are completely painted with sutras. And in the temple itself, ancient texts have been stored for many centuries.
The Shanghai Museum was opened in 1952. There is a unique collection of household items from the Han Dynasty, more precisely, a bronze mirror and a blue porcelain service. But no less often tourists visit the museum of urban planning or, for example, modern art.
Longhua Temple is located in the south of the city. And the pagoda with the same name, located nearby, is a frequently visited attraction. This pagoda with only 7 floors has a height of 40 meters.
Of the temples, one can also highlight the temple of the great Chinese thinker Confucius, as well as the cathedral in honor of St. Ignatius.
In the first third of the last century, there were a lot of emigrants in China, including Russians. Their main place of residence was the quarter, now called French. Now it’s a great place to shop.
And the most pleasant thing for the Slavs is to see the monument to Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin near Kitaev. By the way, this is the only monument in the whole country to a non-Chinese poet.
Shanghai will warmly welcome all visitors and surprise with its sights. They are so diverse and interesting that it is simply impossible to leave here without accumulating a lot of pleasant impressions!