Shanghai is estimated to have more than 26 million people, and it’s the largest city in China in terms of population. It started out as a fishing village, but today the Port of Shanghai is the busiest container harbor in the world.
Places to visit in Shanghai
- The Bund is Shanghai’s most popular tourist destination. It is a historical waterfront area in central Shanghai on the banks of the Huangpu River, with Western-style buildings dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.
- Shanghai Tower is a glass skyscraper with a twisting shape. It is China’s tallest building and also the second tallest building in the world.
- The Yu Garden (or Yuyuan Garden) is a classical Chinese garden with traditional Chinese architecture, dating back more than 400 years to the Ming Dynasty. It can be found in the Old City of Shanghai, adjacent to the City God Temple.
- The Huangpu River is Shanghai’s largest river. It divides the city in two: the East Bank (Pudong) and the West Bank (Puxi). The views on either side of the river are spectacular.
- The Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese Art is located in People’s Square in the Huangpu District in the center of Shanghai. It contains bronze ware of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, an ancient ceramics collection, Chinese paintings and calligraphy, furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties and much more.
- The Jade Buddha Temple is famous for its two Buddha statues made from jade. The temple is just over a hundred years old, but it was built in the style of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).