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Top 10 Things to See in Shanghai, China

Apr 11, 2008
Everywhere you look new skyscrapers are going up and have been for several years. Shanghai is a city on the move. On your trip to China be sure and visit Shanghai. This is the center and most important place of China's new economy. It is the largest cargo port in the world. It is a city of more than 18 million people and is competing with Hong Kong as the country's financial capital. Chinese Mandarin is the language the business community uses to communicate.

1. Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The tower is over 1535 feet high and is one of the highest towers in all of Asia. You can climb the tower for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

2. Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club
A golfer's delight! This is a very luxurious 18 hole golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus and not far from downtown. There are tennis courts, swimming pool, lake, gym and a children's playing area.

3. Yu Gardens
The gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty and are over 400 years old. This is a national heritage site representing a southern Chinese style garden.

4. Huangpu River Cruise
A boat trip along the river lets you see many of Shanghai's famous sites, the silhouettes the skyline of the Pu Dong business district. In the distance you will see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

5. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
This museum shows the plans of Shanghai's urban planners for this great city. It shows how the planners envision Shanghai will look in a couple of decades. Adults will enjoy this exhibit, children may not.

6. Shanghai Museum
The Shanghai museum houses over 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archeological findings. It has bronzes, ceramics, paintings and other artifacts.

7. Nan Jing Road
Nan Jing Road is one of the major commercial streets in Shanghai and goes for just under 3.5 miles. There are more than 600 shops and shopping centers that carry top brands. The eastern part is pedestrian traffic only.

8. Huai Hai Road
With over 400 shops, restaurants and businesses, this is where the trendy people go. With the French architecture it has a very cosmopolitan charm.

9. People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang)
Surrounded by government buildings, this square is truly an urban park with beautiful greenery. There is an impressive fountain, subway station and underground shopping. This is a great place to just watch people for a while.

10. Shanghai Art Museum
There are five floors with twelve exhibit halls. They show traditional art as well as modern art. There are also art and sketching lessons you can take.

Shanghai is growing very rapidly and everywhere you look there is a building going up. China leases a large majority of the world's cranes. When you visit Shanghai you will see why. Be sure and brush up on you Mandarin Chinese. It will pay off for you on your visit here.
About the Author
Jim Ada has been working in the language industry for over 15 years and has had years of international business experience. Impress the locals by learning some Mandarin Chinese before traveling to China. Find the language course that is right for you at www.SpeakALanguage.com. Visit our website to hear a free Pimsleur lesson.
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