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Shanghai Cityscape 上海 都市风景

I just put in an order for a book called "Touring Shanghai". I saw it as an advertisement for the magazine "The Hong Kong China Tourism Press". Anyways, I was wondering if any of you guys have it and could tell me if its a good book, has a lot of modern pictures of Shanghai, etc.

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Its kinda disappointing that Chinese cities need events to clean up its image. Beijing olympics, World expo 2010, Guangzhou Asian Games, what else? I know that many Chinese cities are still developing and a lot of them are quite impressive but these face lift or improvements in older cities should be done long time ago.
Many cities in developing, or former developing, nations needed such international events to give them the boost to become world-class cities. China isn't alone in this case.
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I think the Expo will do more good for Shanghai than the Olympics will do for Beijing. Just the other day I got yelled at by my co-worker for saying that the Expo isn't as big a deal as the Olympics. I stand by my point, but, I believe that while the Expo won't be so publisized and closely watched as the Olympics, it will do Shanghai a lot of good.

For the Olympics all Beijing did was build a few subway lines (line 5, 10 and 8) and some hotels and some nice venues. They really didn't make the city as a whole look nicer. They may have fluffed some areas up, but I remember the sidewalks by my house were still all broken when the Olympics was happening.

I think that since the Expo is kind of to show off the city, and that the venues are all funded by the governments of the respective countries, Shanghai is really trying to make the city look nice. They are also building a massive amount of subway lines ( line 7,9,10,11,13 and line 2,8,6 extentions ) They are burying a ton of power lines, painting all the ugly buildings, replacing every sidewalk with even as much as one crack, re-paving roads, building 3 new road tunnels and a new bridge. etc. These improvements will not only make Shanghai look nice during the Expo, but it will also make Shanghai much more liveable and nice in the future. I love the expo, I even bought a Haibao doll
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Its kinda disappointing that Chinese cities need events to clean up its image. Beijing olympics, World expo 2010, Guangzhou Asian Games, what else? I know that many Chinese cities are still developing and a lot of them are quite impressive but these face lift or improvements in older cities should be done long time ago.
Every city, even the ones in highly developed countries are doing exactly the same thing. I remember how much Hannover improved when they hosted the Expo 2000. A lot of the infrastructural investments would never have been or at a much slower pace be made if there was no Expo or the World Cup.

Just take a look how all the Olympic candidates promise to improve their city if they win the candidacy.
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Shanghai (from the viewpoint of a tourist) is very small.

There is Puxi with the Nanjing-Road, Pudong, the old town with the garden (forgot the name) and 新天地. Did I forget something?

The Skyline of Pudong is very impressive, but the rest just so so. Too dirty.

Hope this city will improve quickly. To be fair, at the moment the city is under construction because of the Expo next year.
New York (from the viewpoint of a tourist) is very small.

There is Manhattan with Times Square, the skyline, Little Italy, and the WTC site. Did I forget something?

The Skyline of Manhattan is very impressive, but the rest just so so. Too dirty, especially the Bronx.

Hope this city will improve quickly. To be fair, at the moment the city has huge run-down areas that haven't been redeveloped in decades.
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puxi=around nanjing road???
He forgot about the awesome nightlife in Shanghai. Unlike Beijing where all the bars are in 2 places, Houhai and Sanlitur, Shanghai has bars both dive and upscale all around the city. IMO the gay bars here are lacking, but most people don't care.

Suzhou River lighting up for 10.1 National Day celebration

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Now that's what I call light pollution...
I saw a lot of Pudong photos in this thread, Is there's something else outside Pudong and Bund? Like Shanghai Suburn photos from helicopter above look awesome, and there's a lot of hi-rise buildings around the city. I hope someone can post street level photos of suburn and hi-rise buildings around the city. There's should be a lot of great place to see.

Sorry if my geography is zero. Is there snow in Shanghai winter? If yes, it will be great to post a photo of whole Shanghai covered by thick snow.
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^^very occasionally, usually it melts within hours though

It's not written by me, but taken from:

My lovely hometown--Shanghai
August 29, 2008

Bund-Puxi Shanghai

Shanghai is a big city. It's very crowded. I really love the city except the bad traffic problem.

Shanghai has a powerful transportation system. But she has to take too many people every day. If you wanna have a trip in Shanghai, you'd better begin your day travel after 9:30am (avoid the peak hours for daily workers.) Further, If you want to visit one restaurant, remember to book the seats first. Just do the plan in advance, because of the huge population.

Let me introduce the city structure first. Broadly, central shanghai is divided into two areas: PuDong (east of the HuangPu river) and PuXi (west of the HuangPu river). On the east side of the HuangPu is Pudong, a special economic zone of banks, skyscrapers and new residential compounds.

First place I recommend is Chenghuang Temple which is located in PuXi.

chenghuang temple -shanghai

A saying goes like this: one can’t boast that he had been to shanghai if he did not pay a visit to ChengHuang temple. I quoted some words introducing this place from the travelguide website.

open hours: 8:30am-16:00pm

The ChengHuang temple is a Taoist temple, also called Yi temple, which is composed of many a halls such as the grand hall, middle hall, bedroom palace, star gods hall, YaMa palace, XuZhen god hall and so on. the ChengHuang temple had an area of more than 10,000 square meters including two gardens: west garden (Yu garden) and east garden. the ChengHuang temple has a great influence on the residents
of shanghai. the religious festivals of the temple are considered to be the festivals of all shanghai people. especially when the SanXun festival (a day when the ChengHuang god start to inspect his people) comes, nearly all people will come to the ChengHuang temple to burn incense and worship the ChengHuang god, while all shops inside or near the ChengHuang temple would hang red lanterns to celebrate the festival. In addition, some folk arts, like cockfight, penmanship performance and acrobatics, are fairly attractive.

bund-pudong shanghai

The Second place is The Bund which is near ChengHuang temple. The Bund is a row of buildings in Shanghai. It is located at the bank of the Huangpu river, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District.The Bund has dozens of historical European colonial buildings lining against the Huangpu river that once housed numerous banks from Britain, France, USA, Russia, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands and Belgium. Further, you can enjoy the two sides of the Huangpu river from the Bund (located in PuXi) and the Riverside Avenue(located in PuDong). Also, you will find the Paulaner Restraurant in the Riverside Avenue.

The third is Shanghai's night lifves!!

Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world's busiest shopping streets.

nanjing rd.'s night-shanghai

It is a pedestrian street and extends from The Bund to the People's Square. If you could be there at night, you will find the glaring neon sign.

Xintiandi, Shanghai is located near HuaiHai Rd. There are many pubs and bars for young people to get together.

Now let me show you the historical town near Shanghai.

Around Shanghai, there are several beautiful cities and towns which are well worth a trip. Unlike Shanghai, which is well-known for its bustling streets and impressive skyline, most of these cities and towns offer an tranquil and beautiful atmosphere.

1.ZhuJia Jiao--Shanghai's Venice

Located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years.

zhujia jiao-shanghai

Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains.

Endowed with another elegant name - "Pearl Stream" - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.

Bridges in the town
It is said that to visit Zhujiajaio without seeing the bridges means that you have not really been to Zhujiajiao at all! Bridges in the town are distinctive and old, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties.


The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate spans in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble.

Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-fish-free Bridge) is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge, with five openings both in Zhujiajiao and in the Shanghai region. This bridge was built in 1571. On the bridge stands a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone, which is engraved with 8 coiling dragons encircling a shining pearl. On top of the bridge are 4 lifelike stone lions.

Lang Bridge (Veranda Bridge), also named Huimin Bridge, is the only wooden bridge and the most featured span in this town. It has wooden bars on the two sides and upturned eaves above, just like a narrow corridor.

2 HangZhou

A famous chinese saying goes “ above there is heaven, on earth there is hangzhou”.


Renowned as a popular tourist destination in china, Hangzhou is a bustling resort with many historical heritage sites as well as impressive natural beauty. The west lake, with its extraordinary scenery and temples of historical, cultural and aesthetic value justify the city’s legendary status as “paradise on the earth”. Other sights here are Lingyin temple, six harmonies pagoda, the peak flew from afar, tiger pawing spring park.

3 SuZhou

Renowned as “venice of the east” and “heaven on earth”, SuZhou is famous for its unique, elegant gardens, its network of rivers and canals, and its silk production. The city is very attractive, with a lot to offer visitors, including ancient, beautifully architected gardens, temples, stone bridges, silk factory, traditional chinese lifestyle and so on.


Top draw-cards here are the canglang (blue wave) pavilion, lingering garden, garden of the master of the nets, hanshan temple (cold mountain temple), humble administrator's garden , tiger hill.

4 NanJing

NanJing is an age-old city with both modern and ancient features. It served as the capital for six ancient dynasties, and harbors some glorious remnants of times gone by. History has left the place numerous historical sites and heritage relics which now constitute the main attractions. The mausoleum of dr. sun-yat-sen, mingxiaoling mausoleum, qinhuai river, the memorial hall to the victims in the nanjing massacre, confucius temple, linggu temple, mochou lake, and mount qixia are some of the best places to visit.

Nanjing's most famous landmark and a perennial favorite among tourists to Jiangsu, Zhongshan Ling is the grand tomb of Dr.

zhongshan ling-nanjing

Sun Yat-sen (also known as Sun Zhongshan). Dr. Sun was the first president of the Republic of China and one of the leading organizers of the struggle to create a modern republic in China. The impressive memorial was built in the 1920's. Its architecture is accentuated by its splendid natural setting on the forested slopes of Zijin Mountain on the outskirts of Nanjing, its buildings made of white stone with dark blue roof tiles. These are the colors of the Republic of China and they make a beautiful contrast with the green forest surrounding the monument.

The Mingxiaoling Mausoleum located in the Zhongshan Scenic Area of eastern Nanjing is the joint tomb of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Zhu Yuanzhang and his empress Ma. The mausoleum was the first of an ancient epoch of Chinese imperial mausoleums, which influenced all those of later dynasties of the Ming and Qing (1644-1912).


Mingxiaoling Mausoleum was listed as a world heritage site - Royal Mausoleum of Ming and Qing Dynasties- in 2003.
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Awaiting for 2010 Expo Better life better city!
**** off!
he should be banned immeditarly
why do you even respond to flamers? Just ignore them and hopefully one day someone will think of a way to just remove blatantly provocative posts.

Unless the person is a child, there is NOTHING you can tell them to change their attitudes or manner of discourse. They have already made up their mind and enjoy making other members upset. If you ignore their post they will EVENTUALLY just fade away. C'mon everyone, just give my suggestion a try.

I almost forgot to remind everyone that todays banner is my hometown, Seattle! Hooray!
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^^he's a spammer, not a flamer. Read before posting, please :)
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