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Famous Sight

The scenic spots in Shanghai are really too many for the eye to take in. Built in different periods of time and in various architectural styles of the world, the grand complex of high-rise buildings on the either bank of the Huangpu River is reputed as "the International Fair of World Architecture". On the eastern bank of the river, there are rows upon rows of high-rise structure dominating the skyline, including the Oriental TV Tower and the 88-storey Jinmao Building. Standing on the observation deck, you will soon have a superb panorama view of Shanghai's spectacular development over the previous years. At the core part of this world-famous metropolis, there are many attractive scenic spots, such as the People's Square, the Shanghai Museum, the Municipal Exhibition Hall of Shanghai Urban Construction and Shanghai Grand Theatre.

City Landmarks

Jinmao Tower

Jinmao Tower

This incredible tower is the tallest building on China's mainland (421m). Its design combines traditional Chinese and gothic architecture.

If you are not afraid of heights, going to the top of the Jinmao Tower is an interesting experience. Viewing from the dizzying heights of the 88th floor in the evening, you will have an illusion that Shanghai is a glittering light ball. On the 87th floor, a bar, the Cloud Nine, gives you the feeling of being in the clouds - sometimes there is no view at all because you're surrounded by them.

The Grand Hyatt and offices, luxury-brand shops, restaurants and relaxing coffee houses occupy the Jinmao Tower. This superb building represents the new Shanghai: young, vibrant, and inspirational.

Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl Tower (468m) is the highest TV and radio tower in Asia and the third tallest in the world. It was built in 1994 and soon became Shanghai' s landmark.

The design for the Pearl tower includes 11 spheres (or 'pearls') and three gigantic columns linking the green grass below to the blue sky above.

Six high-speed elevators take passengers up to the bubbles of the tower, for a great view over the city.

The second bubble (267 m) has a nice rotating restaurant with Chinese or Western buffet. The highest observatory platform, called the space module, is even at 342m.

Oriental Pearl Tower

Historic Sites

Former Residence of Lu Xun

Former Residence of Lu Xun

The inconspicuous entrance of Lane 132 Shanyin Road leads into the small, traditional Chinese compound where the famous writer Lu Xun (1881-1936) spent the last three and a half years of his life.

Over the years the three-floor apartment was well tended to and so it's still well preserved. When you walk around the flat it is like traveling back in time to the 1930's. The original furniture and things which the writer once used are displayed. Besides the furniture the most eye-catching items are the old books, a hand written script as well as some medicine and medical equipment - at the end of his life Lu Xun was fatally ill. Some say you still can breathe the atmosphere of that time when you enter this place.

In 1959 the residence was announced as a cultural relic under municipal protection by the people's committee of Shanghai.

Former Residence of Sun Yat - Sen

Revolutionist Sun Yat-sen lived here with his wife Soong Ching-ling from 1918 to 1924. Some overseas Chinese donated money to buy the house for Sun to support his revolution.

It is a European-style garden house beside Fuxing Park. Some precious photos are still kept here, including group photos of the Communist Party and Kuomintang.

Former Residence of Sun Yat - Sen

Religious Sites

Jing'an Temple

Jing'an Temple

Jing'an Temple is the most famous landmark in Jing'an District, from which the district obtained its name. It is known as the oldest shrine in the city, dating back even further than the city itself. It was constructed in 247 at the time of the Kingdom of Wu, during the Three Kingdoms period, more than 1,000 years before the official beginning of the city of Shanghai in 1292. Originally located beside the Suzhou Creek, it was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty, rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty and renovated in 1953, 1984 and 2000. In 1912, the country's first Buddhism organization was established at the site. Before 1949, this was Shanghai's richest Buddhist monastery, presided over by the Abbott of Bubbling Well Road (known in Colonial times because of a well located in front of the temple), an imposing figure who kept seven mistresses and a White Russian bodyguard. The temple was converted into a plastics factory during the Cultural Revolution, but back to a temple following reconstruction in 1983.

Shanghai Confucian Temple

Shanghai Confucian Temple is the only ancient architectural complex combining temple and school in downtown Shanghai to worship China' s great thinker and founder of the Confucian culture, Confucius. It is a sacred place for profound Confucian culture. Since its establishment in 1294, the temple has existed for more than 700 years, during which it was moved several times. The current site was chosen in 1855, occupying an area of 1.13 hectare. It is a municipal site for protecting cultural relics.

Shanhai Confucian Temple, categorized into family temple, state temple and school temple, is an imperial construction to worship Confucius and other representatives of Confucian culture. Shanghai Confucian Temple distinguishes itself by combining the state temple with school so that it is a place not only for worship but also for education.

Shanghai Confucian Temple
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