From the pier, travel by motor coach along Zhongshan Road to the Bund. Extending between the Woosung River and Old Town on Shanghai’s waterfront, this area was formerly the financial hub of colonial Shanghai. Arguably the city’s most important sightseeing spot, the Bund showcases outstanding examples of foreign buildings from the pre-1950s. After passing through the Yan’an Lu Tunnel, you will arrive at the Pudong New Area. One of the most identifiable structures in Shanghai is the imposing Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. Rising 1,535 feet above the Huangpu River, it was commissioned to be defiantly and symbolically 21st century. The tower is considered by some to be one of the most commanding structures in Asia. What do you think? Nearby lies the 88-story Jin Mao building, one of the tallest skyscrapers in China and a soaring monument to Shanghai’s economic boom. Completed in 2001, this building’s gently tapered design is said to embody China’s history and culture. From the observation deck on the top floor, your guide will explain the skyline and the building’s symbolic structure. Re-board your motor coach and head to People’s Square on the site of a colonial British racecourse. Long considered the city’s commercial, cultural and political hub, People’s Square is easily accessible and provides a great opportunity to people watch, take a short stroll or photograph the surrounding sights. Before heading back to the ship, you will pass the lovely architecture of French Town—originally the French expatriate quarter. This fascinating area gained quite a reputation for lawlessness at one time, but its reputation has been softened by time and it now boasts an enchanting history.
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Shanghai Old and New
Date:April 7, 2014
Location:Canada and Australia
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
The view from the tower was worth the trip. The tour enabled you see various things in Shanghai quickly all of which you would not be able to do on your own. It provided a quick overview of Shanghai. The drive through the old French quarter was too quick. It was hard to take interesting pictures from the bus. We did not even stop for pictures. The ability to terminate your tour at the Bund was great.