This weekend sees the start of the Formula 1 race in Shanghai. For those lucky enough to visit this city here are some of the must see places.
Shanghai is China’s largest city which draws people from all over the world for its history and oriental charm. The city has both modern and ancient architecture, such as the old Bund and ultra modern Pudong area.
Take a train to Suzhon and visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden. This classic Chinese garden is considered one of the finest in South China. Well spaced buildings, gardens and water views typify this Ming style garden. The largest of all the classic gardens in Suzhon, the Humble Administrator’s Garden has been passed down through several owners over the last 500 years until it finally became protected by the state.
Another site seeing must whilst in Suzhon is Tiger Hill. The hill looks like a crouching tiger so it is little wonder than it has been a popular place for visitors for hundreds of years. The hill is made up of impressive rocks and deep gullies which poets have written about throughout the ages.
A visit to Shanghai would be incomplete without a visit to China’s water town of Zhouzhuang. The town is situated within Kunshuan City of Jiangsu which is near both Suzhou and Shanghai. One might describe the place like a Chinese version of Venice, with all its narrow waterways with historic houses on either side. The houses are amazingly well preserved and are of the Ming and Qing styles.
If you don’t fancy travelling too far from Shanghai you can always visit the Shanghai museum. The eleven galleries packed full of ancient artefacts such as: bronze, sculpture, porcelain, ceramic, jade, calligraphy, paintings, coins and furniture.
Another must see is the Jade Buddha temple, established in 1882. The temple is made up of numerous areas such as the Halls of Heavenly Kings, the Hall of the Recumbent Buddha, the Main Hall and the Hall of Jade Buddha. You can also see paintings, sculptures and scripts.