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Shanghai Sightseeing

Shanghai, which literally means the "City on the Sea," lies on the Yangzi River. Once a fishing town, it is now the most important industrial base in the nation. #shanghai was my favorite city in China - a melting pot; a city of old traditions mixed with modern architecture and technology. Explore the photo blog of Shanghai highlights and #tarastraveltips for one of the fastest paced cities in the world.

What to see:

The Bund; Shanghai’s historic waterfront

Yu Yuan Garden was beautiful surrounded by koi ponds, pagodas, traditional Chinese bridges, and one of the most famous tea houses in China

Prints and more Pics - check out Marc Scarioni's website

Old City Bazaar - a great place to shop silk dresses and traditional Chinese souvenirs or stop for a tea break & dumplings

Flair Rooftop Bar is a must see for spectacular views of the Oriental Pearl.

Located on the 58th floor of the Ritz Carlton in Pudong.

Nanjing Road is filled with neon lights and is the main shopping street. A trackless sightseeing train provides a comfortable tour of the neon lights, loads of pedestrians and 600 shops that line the street

More places to sightsee:

  1. Jin Mao Tower - the world financial center overlooks the Oriental Pearl and can be compared to the Burj Khalifa. Zoom to the tower’s 88th-floor observation deck in just 45 seconds and take in the 360-degree views.

  2. Grand Hyatt’s 87th-floor Cloud 9 bar.

  3. Tianzifang - the narrow alleyways are packed with restaurants, cafés, galleries, and shops.

  4. Oriental Pearl Tower.

  5. Shanghai's Museum.

  6. Sorry I don't have restaurant tips - we just ate dumplings all.the.time.

Random tips:

  • Download a translator app before arriving.

  • Have your hotel address and any other locations written in Mandarin and English before arrival.

  • There are so many hotels to choose from depending on your budget. We stayed at The Eton Hotel, $220 a night, in the Pudong district - a great location!

  • Download several VPNs for internet access (SurfEasy, Best VPN Proxy Betternet).

  • Chinese show little courtesy for personal space - get ready for crowds & pushing.

  • Shanghai is a smoker’s paradise - bring a mask for smog and smoke protection.

  • Putting your hands in your mouth is considered vulgar, so nail-biting and flossing in public area are big no-nos. However, be prepared for public spitting.

  • When addressing a group, acknowledge the most senior person first.

We spent 15 days roaming China - only scratching the service of what this HUGE country has to offer. More posts to come about The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Pandas, and more!

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