Shanghai Sights

Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Concession to the forest of cranes and the neon-lit high-rises of Pudong, Shanghai is a city of paradox and change.

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Xintiandi and City Center 12

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Former French Concession 11

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Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party

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The secret meeting on July 31, 1921 that marked the first National Congress was held at the Bo Wen Girls' School, where 13 delegates...

Soong Qing-ling's Former Residence

  • House/Mansion/Villa

A daughter of the prominent Soong family, Soong Qing-ling (also known as Madame Sun Yat-sen) was first a Nationalist and then a Communist.

St. Ignatius Cathedral

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Just a hop from the traffic-clogged roads surrounding Xujiahui metro station and its periphery of malls is this Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic...

The Bund

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Shanghai's waterfront boulevard best shows both the city's pre-1949 past and its focus on the future. Both the northern and southern...


  • Commercial District

If Xintiandi is the government's orderly, sanitized shikumen restoration project, Tianzifang is the opposite. The former residential...


  • Store/Shop/Mall

By World War II, more than two-thirds of Shanghai's residents lived in a shikumen, or "stone gate house." Most have been razed in the...

Yu Garden

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Since the 18th century, this complex, with its traditional red walls and upturned tile roofs, has been a marketplace and social center...

Yu Massage

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Expats flock to this tranquil spa, tucked inside a garden house on a quiet street in the French Concession. The front desk staff speak...

Yuz Museum

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In a former airport hanger, walking distance from the nearby Long Museum, is the Yuz Museum, brainchild of Chinese-Indonesian art collector...

m97 Gallery

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More spacious and slightly removed from the rest of the M50 galleries, m97 specializes in photography. Works by both Chinese and foreign...


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