A financial powerhouse, city of arts and culture and, a bustling metropolis, Shanghai is an amazing blend of the old and new that proudly showcases its economic juggernaut status.
Photography: Yuanchang Wang
The magnificent barrel-vaulted atrium of The Grand Hyatt Shanghai hotel in Pudong. Occupying the top 36 floors of the 88-storey Jin Mao Tower, this atrium is 33-floors high and one of the highest in the world.
Up and coming Zhabei district was once considered ‘the wrong side of Shanghai’ but is fast attracting young professionals while still retaining its old world charm. This picture shows how residents use bamboo poles to dry their laundry above the street.
Established in the mid 70s, the Shanghai Botanical Garden is located in the south-western suburbs of the city in the Xuhui district. The garden is home to a huge variety of flora and has many dedicated gardens such as Rose Garden, Peony Garden, Azalea Garden, Magnolia Garden and Bamboo Gardens. The lush surrounding is also ideal for city folks to relax and catch up on a hobby like this elderly woman seen busy embroidering.
Top Attractions In Shanghai
- The Bund for amazing views of Shanghai’s glorious past.
- Chenghuang Taoist temple for its temple architecture.
- Xintiandi for its past meets present landscape and extensive dining and entertainment options.
- Yuyuan Garden for its beautifully landscaped flower and rock gardens.
- Shanghai History museum for over 1,300 cultural relics, literature and history.
- The French Concession area for a glimpse of European grandeur.
- Nanjing Road for world class shopping.
- World Financial Centre for views of super tall sky scrapers.
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower for amazing views of Shanghai from its 263-metre high viewing deck.
GETTING THERE AirAsia X flies daily from Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai. Go to www.airasia.com for details.