48 Hours in Shanghai
Shanghai, with the population of over 24 million, is the largest city by population in the World. If you are planning to visit the city, here are some tips for the weekend:
The French Concession area
You can start the visit by having a walk around the former french concession area. The french concession in Shanghai took place from the end of the nineteenth century till 1943 and the french presence is perfectly reflected in the architecture of the district. Despite the fact that it was finished over a half of a century ago, many buildings are still well-preserved, making you feel like you are in Europe for a moment. One of the districts in the French Concession isTianzifang, an arts enclave, full of small craft stores, art galleries, coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
Wulixiang- Shikumen museum
Don’t miss a chance to visit the Wulixiang- Shikumen museum which provides an insight into the life of Shanghai in the 1920s. The museum is located in a traditional shanghai-style building and offers a detailed reproduction of a family house of Shanghai from the 1920s, including the furniture and the household goods.
Visiting the Pudong district, a new area of Shanghai where the majority of the skyscrapers are located, will make you feel you are in a science fiction movie. The group of the super tall skyscrapers is formed by the Jin Mao tower (420.5 metres ), an 88-floor landmark skyscraper, Shanghai World Financial Center, (492 metres) and Shanghai Tower (632 metres), the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the world. Another landmark tower in the district is the Oriental Tower, that has fifteen observatory levels to enjoy the view over the city. The upper observatory area has a glass floor, making the the visit of an Oriental Tower an unforgettable experience.
A trip to Shanghai would not be complete without visiting a Buddhist temple. The largest and the most authentic one is the Longhua Temple. It was build in 242 and occupies a territory of 20,000 square metres. The Jade Buddha Temple is relatively young. It was founded in the end of the nineteenth century with two jade Buddha statues brought from Burma by sea.