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Shanghai Information Centre for International Visitors

Address: Huangpu, No 2, Alley 123, Xingye Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 6384 9366.
Opening times:

Mon-Sun 1000-2200.

Website: http://en.shio.gov.cn/resource/services/services-center.html

With over 300 publications on what to do in Shanghai, and staff armed with knowledge on the latest trends in China’s most futuristic city, the SHIO is the best place to head when you need advice.

Attractions

Tianzifang

In many ways a more genuine version of Xintiandi, Tianzifang is also an entertainment complex housed within a warren of traditional longtang (alleyways), but it's one that maintains a sense of charm and vibrancy. Also known as Taikang Lu or Taikang Road, this community of design studios, Wi-Fi cafés and boutiques is the perfect antidote to Shanghai’s oversized malls and intimidating skyscrapers.

Address: Huangpu, Taikang Road, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 3425 0265.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

People's Square

Once the site of the Shanghai Racecourse, People’s Square is the modern city’s nerve centre. Overshadowed by the dramatic form of the Tomorrow Square skyscraper, this open space is peppered with museums, performing arts venues and leafy People’s Park. Beneath it all, the city’s frenetic energy reaches full crescendo amid the tunnels of Shanghai’s busiest subway interchange.

Address: Huangpu, Renmin Dadao, Puxi, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

The Bund

Shanghai's most popular tourist attraction, and unmistakeable the symbol of the city's colonial past, the Bund features a 1.6km (1-mile) strip of historic riverfront buildings, separated from the Huangpu River by a raised terrace embankment. Buildings include Customs House (with its famous bell ‘Big Ching'), the former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank HQ (now Shanghai Pudong Development Bank) and the newly renovated Peace Hotel. Four buildings (Numbers 3, 5, 6 and 18) have been lavishly refurbished and now contain high-end retail, arts and restaurant complexes.

Address: Huangpu, The Bund, also known as Waitan, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 5321 0007
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar

Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar cover several renovated blocks of Shanghai's otherwise ramshackle Old Town. The gardens were founded by a family of Imperial officials in 1559 and still preserve an exquisite catalogue of tunnels and grottos, a stone boat for staging river parties, quiet pools and a fine Chinese opera stage. Outside this walled tranquillity, the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse and Nine Twists Bridge have become attractions in themselves.

Address: , Old Town, from Fuyou Lu to Fangbang Dong Lu, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 6326 0830
Opening times:

Daily 0830-1645.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Former French Concession

Lined with European colonial-era architecture, the former French Concession is a great place to wander aimlessly and typifies Shanghai's international sophistication and style. Particular gems include the grounds of the Ruijin Guest House, 118 Ruijin Er Lu (formerly the Morris Estate), complete with a variety of restaurants, and the art galleries, designer boutiques and cafés of Tianzifang (also known as Taikang Lu). Fuxing Park has shady walks and there are many delightful old residences along Sinan Lu (including some belonging to revolutionaries Sun Yatsen and Zhou Enlai).

Address: Puxi, French Concession, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Hongkou Park

A pleasant park in Shanghai with a boating lake and a quiet atmosphere, Hongkou Park also holds the Tomb of Lu Xun and the museum of the Lu Xun Memorial Hall. Lu Xun (1881-1936), the novelist and essayist, is celebrated as the creator of modern Chinese literature, with a vernacular fictional style that is worlds away from outworn classical influences. This is a place of pilgrimage for the great writer's devotees - other visitors can simply enjoy the park.

Address: Hongkou, Sichuan Bei Lu, on the corner of Dalian Xi Lu and Baoshan Lu, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 6540 4378 (Memorial Hall).
Opening times:

Daily 0500-1800; daily 0900-1700 (Memorial Hall).

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Shanghai Museum

Rebuilt in the shape of an ancient Chinese bronze ritual vessel in 1994, the excellent Shanghai Museum houses over 120,000 historical and artistic treasures. Its four storeys present a chronological and stylistic tour of China's greatest artistic traditions, with bronzes, sculptures, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, jades, coins, furniture and ethnic minority folk art, as well as special exhibitions.

Address: Huangpu, 201 Renmin Dadao, Renmin Square, Shanghai, 200085
Telephone: +86 21 6372 3500.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.shanghaimuseum.net/en
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Shanghai World Financial Centre

The neck-craning, bottle-opener lookalike, 492m-tall (1,614 ft) Shanghai World Financial Centre is a stunning addition to the Pudong skyline. With the world’s highest observation deck (there are three decks in total, on the 94th, 97th and 100th floors), even the dazzling Jinmao Tower (once Shanghai's tallest building) is now in the shade. Take the ear-popping lift up to the top or visit the restaurant/bar 100 Century Avenue to truly put your head in the clouds.

Address: Pudong New Area, 100 Century Avenue, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 3867 2008.
Opening times:

Daily 0800-2300.

Website: http://www.swfc-shanghai.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Xintiandi

This upmarket retail and dining complex consists of largely rebuilt shikumen houses (low-rise tenement buildings built in the early 1900s), which whilst being undeniably attractive, lack the genuine charm of the Tianzifang alleyways. Well-heeled shoppers and alfresco diners keep the place busy until late, while two museums add a dash of culture. The north block is where most of the action is. The small Shikumen Open House Museum depicts traditional life in a 10-room Shanghai shikumen.

Address: Huangpu, Xintiandi, Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 6311 2288.
Opening times:

Daily 1100-2300.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre

While urban planning is a dreary, cliché-ridden bore in most cities, Shanghai is not most cities. Its physical transformation since the early 1990s has been astonishing, and the work continues. This fascinating museum reveals how and why Shanghai embarked upon such a massive-scale makeover. The prime exhibit is a 500-sq-m (5,382-sq-ft) scale model of Greater Shanghai, as it will look in the future, featuring all buildings of six floors or higher.

Address: , 100 Renmin Da Dao (inside People's Square), Shanghai, 200000
Telephone: +86 21 6318 4477.
Opening times:

Daily 0900-1700.

Website: http://www.supec.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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