By Graham Bond
Functional commute consultant to Shanghai, displaying you the smartest and such a lot sensible option to get the main out of the city with bulleted maps, thematic excursions and convenient recommendation and knowledge. Special-Interest excursions together with Art-Deco Architecture/Swinging Shanghai, Zany Skyscrapers/Futuristic Shanghai, ancient (colonial-era) inns, eating places with a View, family members Visits and Shanghai paintings. info the easiest Neighbourhood Walks: the French Concession, the better Bund district (the oldest a part of ‘colonial’ Shanghai), the outdated urban, Pudong outside Shanghai: Parks and concrete preservation initiatives (Xintiandi, Taikang Lu, New Factories) comprises day journeys to a couple of the encircling canal cities of Qibao and Zhujiajiao.
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2hr. 2853 Longhua Lu. southwest Xuhui district. y 021-6457-6327. 30pm. Ticket RMB10. (Memorial Museum. Daily 9am–4pm. Ticket RMB5). Metro: Longcao Lu (Line 3). never guess now, but Xintiandi was once a largely Chinese working-class neighborhood, and the Shikumen Open House Museum (y 0213307-0337. Ticket RMB20. Daily 11am–11pm) has a series of reconstituted 1930s’ rooms, which offer a bit of historical context. @ 1hr. See p 10, bullet 9. 6 ★ Jade Buddha Temple. The Jade Buddha Temple was built between 1911 and 1918 in order to house two stunning jade Buddha statues that a particularly devout monk hauled back from Burma.
This stark, spacious gallery is stripped entirely of the commercialism of its co-tenants. It’s slightly surreal, and gloriously urban —and comes with great views across the Huangpu. Both galleries are free to enter. @ 90 min. See Chapter 3, The Bund, p 64, also p 8 bullet 6. Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art For anyone particularly taken by Shanghai modern art, consider a side trip out to the most modern part of town. Located in the new Pudong suburbs, the Zendai MoMA is the antithesis of the edgy Suzhou Creek galleries.
Shanghai doesn’t get any more classically Chinese than Yuyuan. The garden was created in 1577 by Pan Yunduan, a senior ranking Mandarin, who spent 18 years nurturing the two-hectare site to a state of perfection. This is a peculiarly Asian take on horticultural beauty, with lawns and flowerbeds replaced with delicate rock pools, sturdy old trees, and tranquil pavilions—a miniature rendering of China’s revered shanshui (mountain and water) landscapes, popularized in countless inky watercolor paintings.