Shanghai’s best colonial sites are in the French Concession or on the Bund, Shanghai's world-famous embankment on the Huangpu River. Across the river, Pudong holds the ultra-modern core with its iconic skyscrapers like the Oriental Pearl and Jin Mao Building.
These two districts, the Bund and Pudong, strike a harmony between the city's past and future. High-speed elevators whisk passengers from the ground to soaring observation decks in seconds, while the world-class metro glides between districts. Along the way are high-caliber museums, a modern zoo and aquarium, and a couple of outstanding temples.
Jin Mao Building – Shanghai’s Modern Architecture
China's second-tallest building is one of the most evocative displays of architecture in Shanghai. It was built in 1998 with a slick, tapering design reminiscent of a pagoda. It stands 88 stories tall (1,381 feet), with the lower half occupied by the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The view from the skywalk is outstanding, especially on clear days.
Shanghai Museum – A Must See Shanghai Attraction
This city is full of world-class museums, but the Shanghai Museum is in a class all its own. It is located on the southern edge of People's Square, a central landmark where metro and bus lines converge. More than 120,000 artifacts with bilingual signage are artfully arranged across four floors.