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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21st Century Minsheng Art Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Like the Power Station of Art, this sleek new musuem is located on the site of Shanghai's 2010 World Expo. The museum takes its name...

Bank of China

  • Building/Architectural Site

British Art Deco and Chinese elements combine in this 1937 building, which was designed to be the tallest in the city. However, opium...

Cathay Theatre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The Art Deco–style Cathay Cinema was one of the first movie theaters in Shanghai. The building still serves as a theater, showing a...

Century Park

  • Park/Playground

If you're staying in Pudong, this giant swath of green is a great place to take kids, as it has a variety of bicycles for hire, good...

Chen Xiangge Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

If you find yourself passing by this tiny temple on your exploration of the Old City, you can make an offering to Buddha with the free...

China Art Palace

  • Museum/Gallery

Housed inside the China Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site, this gleaming homage to contemporary art has a whopping 27 exhibition...

City God Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

At the southeast end of the Yu Gardens bazaar stands this Taoist temple, built during the early part of the Ming Dynasty and destroyed...

Duolun Lu

  • Historic District/Site

Although this road has been heavily restored, its architecture and general ambience takes you back in time to the 1930s, when the 1-km...

Former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building

  • Financial Institution

When this beautiful neoclassical structure was built by the British in 1923, it was the second-largest bank building in the world. After...

Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

  • Museum/Gallery

Sun Yat-sen, the father of the Republic of China, lived in this two-story house for five years, from 1919 to 1924. His wife, Soong Qing-ling...

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