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 8

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Old City 7

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The Bund and Nanjing Dong Lu 5

Xujiahui, Hongqiao and Gubei 4

Jing'an and Changing 3

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 7

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Grand Theater

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The spectacular front wall of glass shines as brightly as the star power in this magnificent theater. Its three stages present the best...

Park Hotel

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This Art Deco structure overlooking People's Park was once the tallest hotel in Shanghai. Completed in 1934, it was known for its luxurious...

People's Park

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In colonial days this park was the northern half of the city's racetrack. Today the 30 acres of flower beds, lotus ponds, and trees are...

People's Square

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Home of the Shanghai Museum, the city's enormous main square is a social center for locals. During the day, residents stroll, practice...

Shanghai Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Look past the eyesore of an exterior—this museum holds the country's premier collection of relics and artifacts. Eleven galleries exhibit...

Shanghai Urban Planning Center

  • Museum/Gallery

To understand the true scale of Shanghai and its ongoing building boom, visit the Master Plan Hall of this museum. Sprawled out on the...

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...

Xintiandi

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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...

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