City Orientation Walking Tour I, Shanghai

Unlike other ancient Chinese cities, Shanghai is more to be called the “face of modern China”. Since it was opened as a port for foreign trade, this city managed to turn into the largest and most populated metropolis in the People's Republic of China. It is a famous touristic destination for renowned historical monuments as The Bund or Longhua Temple as well as for Asia's most famous shopping area- Nanjing Lu. Here is a list of other popular attractions that you might want to check out.
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City Orientation Walking Tour I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour I
Guide Location: China » Shanghai (See other walking tours in Shanghai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: emma
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People's Square

1) People's Square (must see)

The Shanghai People’s Square is a large open space which was once the Shanghai Race Course. Today it is a parade ground and public square adjacent to the headquarters of the municipal government of the city.

The Shanghai People’s Square is on the site of what was once the finest race course in Asia. The ruins of the grand race club are still visible and some buildings now house the Shanghai Art Museum. In 1949, the communist government banned racing and gambling. It was converted into a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

2) Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (must see)

The Urban Planning Exhibition Hall has a museum dedicated to the future of Shanghai. It shows visitors the history of the city and what it will look like, based on a master plan, in the year 2020.

The Urban Planning Exhibition Hall has six floors and two basement levels that house the museum. It was designed by architect Ling Benli of the East China Architecture Design and Research Institute. The exterior is covered with white aluminum and the roof has a modernized traditional Chinese...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art

3) Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (must see)

The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art hosts temporary exhibitions of modern art by Chinese and international artists. It is located near People’s Park in Shanghai.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a not for profit private institution and the first of its kind in Shanghai. It is a joint venture of the Shanghai Municipal Government and the Samuel Kung Foundation. Hong Kong based jewellery makers Samuel Kung provided the funds for the museum. The building was once a greenhouse and has a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Shanghai Art Museum

4) Shanghai Art Museum (must see)

The Shanghai Art Museum is housed in the former clubhouse of the race course. It has more than 8000 collections of Chinese and international artworks.

The Shanghai Art Museum was opened at its present location in the year 2000. The building was constructed by the British in 1933 in neoclassical architectural style with a distinctive clock tower. It has five floors and the interiors have exquisite teak woodwork with marble staircases. The building housed the Shanghai Museum and later the...   view more
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Shanghai Museum Of Natural History

5) Shanghai Museum Of Natural History (must see)

Located in what was once the cotton exchange, this is the largest natural history museum in China. It covers an area of 12,880 square meters and is divided into 4 sections.

The Shanghai Museum of Natural History is housed in a grand British style colonial building. The stained glass windows in the lobby and mosaic flooring are the only remaining parts of the historic structure. It was converted into a museum in 1956 and the department of animals was opened in 1960. It has 240.000 exhibits...   view more
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Shanghai Grand Theatre

6) Shanghai Grand Theatre (must see)

The Shanghai Grand Theatre is the venue of most major Chinese and international music performances and art shows in the City. The modern structure with a unique curved roof resembles a crystal palace when lighted at night.

The Shanghai Grand Theatre has 10 floors and is located at the northern end of the People’s Square. It was designed by French architect, Jean-Marie Charpentier, and inaugurated in 1998. It has three large auditoriums. The largest is the Lyric Theatre where ballets,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Shanghai Museum

7) Shanghai Museum (must see)

The Shanghai Museum has the best display of Chinese art and cultural exhibits in China. It has a collection of over 120,000 exhibits from almost all the dynasties that added to the vast culture and history of the country.

The first Shanghai Museum opened in 1952 in the club house of the former Shanghai Race Course. The present building located in the People’s Square was inaugurated in 1996. The museum has five floors and an area of 39,200square meters. It was designed by local architect,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Shikumen Open House Museum

8) Shikumen Open House Museum

The Shikumen Open House Museum is a small museum that is dedicated to life in Shanghai when it was known as the Paris of the East. It shows life of middle class Shanghai residents in Shanghai before the communist era.

The Shikumen Open House Museum is located in the Xintiandi neighbourhood of Shanghai. Although the city has become ultra modern, the neighbourhood has remained as it was in the 1900s with blue stone clad houses divided by narrow lanes. This style of house was the typical...   view more
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Site of First National Congress of Communist Party of China

9) Site of First National Congress of Communist Party of China

This small museum housed in a traditional Shanghainese Shikumen House is the birthplace of the Communist Party of China. It is the place where the first congress met in 1921 and chartered the course of what later became the People’s Republic of China.

The Building made of blue stone with arched gates is located in 76, Xingye Road that was part of the former French Concession. It became a memorial in 1952 and the museum was opened for public viewing in 1999. Exhibits at the museum are about...   view more
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Xintiandi

10) Xintiandi (must see)

Xintiandi is a pedestrian district in Shanghai popular with tourists. East meets west at the location and traditional Shinkumen houses and modern western style buildings exist side by side.

There are two parts in Xintiandi. The Southern block has modern buildings with a few preserved Shikumen houses. The Northern block consists solely of preserved Shikumen houses and narrow streets giving the ambiance of Shanghai in the early twentieth century. The south block has 25,000 square meters of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Shanghai, China

Create Your Own Walk in Shanghai

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Shanghai Museums Tour

Shanghai Museums Tour

With its architectural diversity, powerful economic hubs and a vibrant social life, Shanghai is highly recognized as the symbol of modern China. It is also a city boasting a rich culture and a large number of museums that show the city's devotion to its history. Get ready to explore some attractive cultural sites of Shanghai in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District

Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District

The Huangpu district is one of Shanghai's major bustling areas. It is home to a large variety of attractions, both modern and historic. Here in the old city of Shanghai you will see the historic Bund, impressive skyscrapers, museums, theaters and so much more. The next walking tour will highlight some of the best sites the Huangpu district has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

If you're a collector or someone who simply appreciates a vintage item or two around the house, don't miss out on what Shanghai has to offer. It would be a pity to leave Shanghai without having explored its antiques shops and bringing home something truly authentic. We've compiled a list of shops that specialize in antiques in Shanghai, all within walking distance of the city center.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Places of Worship in Shanghai

Places of Worship in Shanghai

The flourishing city of Shanghai is made up of a broad mix of cultures, with a large Western influence. This metropolis features a great number of places of worship that reflect the religious dedications of many of these cultures. Most of the churches and cathedrals are located in the central areas of the city, so they are surrounded by other wonderful, cultural landmarks. With this tour, you will enjoy an architectural and spiritual experience in one of the world's largest cities.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.7 km
Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai

Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai

The Luwan district is located in the core of the huge metropolitan city of Shanghai. It boasts a rich cultural life, featuring museums and historic centers. Be sure to follow this guide if you want to visit the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party, Sun Yat Sen's former residence and many other interesting places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai

Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai

The Huangpu district contains some of the best-preserved sites of old Shanghai. The old town of Shanghai is a large area that remained walled when this city was divided into foreign concessions. Take a walk around traditional Chinese buildings or make your way through a large open-air market and enjoy the delightful Yuyuan gardens. The next walking tour is all about the delights of Shanghai's old Chinese city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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