Shanghai was originally a small seaside fishing village, and over time its gradual development led it to be granted county status in 1291, on the 12th August during the Yuan Dynasty. This day has become the anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. Today Shanghai is an unique blend of both modern, western and traditional Chinese character.
Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of Chinese and Western culture, which the Shanghainese are very proud of. A subtle as ever are the illuminated Pepsi signs which are on nearly every lamp post in central Shanghai.
Shanghai draws the attention of the entire world due to it being the largest commercial and financial center in China. Also being the largest base of industrial technology in China, which is helped by its seaport.
All visitors to Shanghai, whether sightseeing, business or shopping are all catered for and clustered around the Peoples Square and the Huangpu river.
Shanghai is also known as "The Oriental Paris", as to the manic shopper it must be a dream. For the tourist you have to visit Nanjing Road.
Other places to visit are Huaihai Road which is more catered for those with modern and fashionable taste, while Sichuan North Road seems to have something for everyone.
But don't forget to visit Jiali Sleepless City, Xujiahui Shopping Center and Yuyuan Shopping City. Which are all very popular shopping destinations for anyone wishing to purchase something to remember Shanghai by.
If youv'e spent a long time in China and are beginning to get fed up with the food, you will be pleased to know that there has to be one of the biggest variety of cuisines including many western restaurants. Shanghai restaurants have to be some of the best in China, and you are made to feel welcome in them all. Shanghai offers many local dishes and restaurants focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Yangzhou, Sichuan, Guangzhou.
Shangahi is developing at an almost exponential rate and is quickly leading the rest of the Chinese cities within the 21st century, whilst still managing to preserve its original character and traditions.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Jinmao Tower have to be the main icons of Shanghai. The observatory in the Jinmao tower is on the 88th-floor! My photo of the Jinmao tower is from the Oriental Pearl, but somehow I managed to forget to take a photo of the Oriental Pearl! So I will have to see if a kind person will let me use one of theirs. Both of these structures are in the Pudong area which is on the eastern bank of the Huangpu River, and is accessible by either boat or tunnel. There is an extremely amusing "tourist tunnel" which is fuelled with lights shows which make the journey worth taking.
Other recommended places to visit are the Shanghai Art Museum which is in a colonial British racecourse club building. Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Center which houses the new designs for the Pudong area.