Shanghai, located along the beach of the East China Sea and the southern banks of the Changjiang River, is a city under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government. It is also the largest metropolis and one of the ancient cultural cities of China. It is a flourishing international metropolis, known worldwide for its highly developed land, air and sea transportation, rich tourist resources, great variety of food, and recreational facilities.
The Bund: Located along the banks of the Huangpu River, the picturesque Bund (Zhongshan Road) is the symbol of Shanghai. Take a walk along the Bund, once the most famous street in Asia. It is a tree-lined promenade along the Huangpu River. The major firms of the Far East had their headquarters in the buildings facing the river. First among them is the former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, which after 1949 was used as the city Communist Party Headquarters.
Longhua Temple: Built in the year 242, Longhua Temple is the oldest and largest temple in Shanghai. The temple is also famous for its pagoda and its peach blossoms.
Yuyuan Garden: Yuyuan Garden, built in the Ming and Qing styles, is the most famous classical garden in Shanghai. There are 40 scenic spots in the garden.
Temple of the Jade Buddha: Built in 1882, the temple is a well preserved monastery of Zen Buddhism, where a jade statue of Sakyamuni is enshrined.
The Oriental Pearl Television Tower: It is the highest television tower in Asia, 468 meters high. The viewing area is half-way up and offers a splendid unparalleled view of the Bund, the emerging new modern Shanghai, and the most recently developed Special Economic Zone of Pudong. A cafe is located on the first floor and on the viewing platform there is a souvenir shop.
Nanjing Road: The 5-kilometer-long Nanjing Road is the busiest commercial centre in Shanghai. Every day, the street, lined by stores, accepts 1 million visitors. It is an ideal place for shopping, eating, and recreation.
Yangpu and Nanpu Bridges: The 7,658-meter-long Yangpu Bridge and the 8,346-meter-long Nanpu Bridge are double-cable-stayed long-span suspension bridges. They are among the longest bridges in the world. Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen: Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the creator of Chinese modern democracy, and his wift Soong Ching-ling lived here from 1918 through 1924.