Port of Shanghai
Cruising and Travel

Every year, the City of Shanghai welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. Westerners seem to view the Port of Shanghai as a land of special oriental charm, and the Chinese view it as a modern Western-style city. Young people think the Port of Shanghai is an old traditional city, and the older generations say it is modern and chic. No matter who you are, you will think the Port of Shanghai is a perfect vacation destination.

Oriental Pearl Tower

Oriental Pearl Tower

Photo by Miaow Miaow

With fascinating traditional and modern architecture and a range of colorful neighborhoods and suburbs, the Port of Shanghai is famous for its varied and delicious dining opportunities. It is also one of the most popular shopping centers in the world. The Port of Shanghai has far too many tourist attractions and activities to describe in this article. For detailed information about the many things to see and do in the Port of Shanghai, please visit the city's tourism website.

The Port of Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters can be cold, although snow falls only one or two days a year. Summer is hot and humid, punctuated by occasional thunderstorms or downpours. The Port of Shanghai is also vulnerable to typhoons that have caused significant damage in the past. Spring and autumn are the most comfortable seasons, although the weather changes quickly. Temperatures range from an average high of 31 °C (89 °F) in July and August to an average low of 0.5 °C (33 °F) in January.

Yuyuan Gardens

Yuyuan Gardens

Photo by Daduzi

Travelers to the Port of Shanghai should not miss a visit to the Yuyuan Garden, an historic garden and temple originally built in the late 16th century but destroyed during the First Opium War in 1842. Restored in 1961, the gardens are full of pathways that wind through bamboo stands and rock gardens where stone bridges cross carp-filled pools. With unique pavilions, halls, and cloisters, the gardens contain six major scenic areas. Visitors will find peaceful spots for meditation, halls built for ancient ceremonies, and curio shops full of delightful souvenirs. The treasure of the Yuyuan Garden is the Exquisite Jade Rock. About 3.3 meters tall, the rock has 72 holes that connect inside the rock. When water is poured on the top of the rock, it flows out from each of the holes.

Yuyuan Gardens

Yuyuan Gardens

Photo by Jakub Halun

The Shanghai Museum may well be China's best museum. It contains a treasure of ancient Chinese art and some 120 thousand relics. This Port of Shanghai attraction contains bronzes, pottery, paintings, and calligraphies from China's distinguished 5000-year history. From afar, the museum looks like an ancient bronze cooking vessel, and from above, it looks like a big Han Dynasty bronze mirror. Located in the People's Square in the center city, the architecture is a square base with a round top that symbolizes the ancient Chinese vision of a square earth under a round sky. The museum contains eleven galleries and three special halls for temporary exhibits.

The Bund

The Bund

Viewed from Jin Mao Tower.
Photo by Airunp

In the early 20th Century, The Bund (Zhongshan Road) was the most famous street in Asia. It was here that foreign powers entered the Port of Shanghai after the First Opium War in 1842 to build their Western-style trading houses and banks. Today, it is a treasured collection of architecture that contains styles from the Gothic and late Renaissance to Art Deco, and it is home to some of the Port of Shanghai's nicest bars, restaurants, and shops. From here, visitors can board a ferry to Pudong, a sightseeing boat, or gaze across the river to the new development of Lusiazui.

Qibao - Old Town

Qibao - Old Town

Photo by Jakub Halun

The Port of Shanghai's Old Town is the center of the old Chinese city and the first part of Shanghai to be settled by the Chinese. Foreigners seldom ventured here, and the area retains its unique Chinese heritage. Visitors can enjoy a huge temple bazaar near Shanghai Old Street or get souvenirs or antiques in reconstructed Ming and Qing Dynasty shop houses. The Taoist Temple of the Town God is at the eastern end, and the main square with the Bridge of Nine Turnings is in the center of the Old Town complex. The Port of Shanghai's Old Town is called Yuyuan. It is a Shanghai treasure with gardens, temples, traditional architecture, and shops. Within the Port of Shanghai's Old Town is the "kingdom of snack." Yuyuan contains many interesting and beautiful temples, gardens, mosques, bridges, and the former home of Dr. Sun Yetsen.

Travelers who want to visit the Port of Shanghai by sea can find a long list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.

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