Things To Do
Shanghai is an architect’s playground. Colonial and art deco architecture grace one side of the Huangpu River – Shanghai’s very own Mississippi – while the world’s tallest hotel, the Grand Hyatt, casts a late afternoon shadow over the opposite bank in Pudong. Pudong, nicknamed “East Shanghai,” is a steel city of monuments to materialism, and is home to China’s largest financial district and would-be Wall Street. Wind your way through a maze of Ming Dynasty pavilions, arched bridges and goldfish ponds in the Yu Yuan Garden. For those who find contentment in retail rather than rockeries, head to the Bund, Shanghai’s scenic waterfront, or treat your eyes to a treasure trove of ancient Chinese ceramics and sculptures at the impressive Shanghai Museum. Shanghai weaves the seaport legacy of its past — silk, tea and opium trade — together with impressive new hotels and shopping complexes.