[Featured destination] – Shanghai itinerary day 2

Shanghai is a unique blend of East and West and it has one of the richest collections of art deco buildings in the world. This mix of cultures is evident from the historic shikumen houses which combines the styles of Chinese houses with European design flair. As a result of Western influences, in particular during the turn of the 20th century, there is a cosmopolitan vibe in many places in the city. From classic Parisian style, to Tudor style buildings that give an English flair and even 1930s buildings reminiscent of New York or Chicago. While Shanghai has been around as a village since the Song Dynasty, a thousand years or so ago, it only rose to prominence after China lost the First Opium War in 1842. Since then, Shanghai’s growth has skyrocketed and surpassed its prosperous neighbors such as Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing. The City not only has majestic buildings but also  a lot of attractions for the nature lover.

Photos of Shanghai Botanical Garden, Shanghai
This photo of Shanghai Botanical Garden is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Shanghai Botanical Garden – Being the biggest municipal botanical garden in China, Shanghai Botanical Garden has a extensive collection of plants, including some rare species in its area of 81.86 hectares. Initially named Longhua Nursery Garden in 1954, the name was changed to Shanghai Botanical Garden in 1974 and after nearly 25 years, it was finally opened to the public in April, 1978. Spring is considered by many to be the best time during the year to visit the garden as gigantic flower shows are often held during this season. Countless of flowers of different shapes, colors and fragrances are on full display for everyone to see. In the Rose garden, visitors can find Cherry, Begonia, Plum, Bauhinia in full blossom and there are over 5,000 different species of azaleas alone in the Azalea garden. During the summer, there are more than 50,000 plants of differing species growing in the Bamboo garden. The collection includes bamboos from most parts of China and also all over the world. While strolling through the garden, take a rest in the houses made of bamboo on the side of the road and enjoy the beautiful serenity of nature. The Penjing (miniscape) garden is also a good place to go to in the summer where visitors can admire the blossom of water lilies and aromatic lotus. During the holidays, the Shanghai Botanical Garden is packed with parents who bring their kids here for a day of fun and sightseeing. There is also an amusement park in the garden that kids can play in during lunch.

Opening hours: Main Gate: 6:00 – 18:00, Conservatory: 8:30 – 17:00

Pictures of Shanghai Wild Animal Park, Shanghai
This photo of Shanghai Wild Animal Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Shanghai Wild Animal Park -22 miles from Shanghai is China’s first national grade wild zoo. Located in Sanzao Town of Nanhui in Pudong New Area and covering an area of 153 hectares, the zoo is home to over 200 different species of animals from all over the world including rare animals that are designated by the state for special protection. Visitors can choose to either walk around the zoo or travel on a bus where everything is up close and personal. The zoo consist of five main sections: animal performing hall and areas for wild beasts, herbivores, penned animals and other animals. Visitors who opt to take the bus are able to get up close and watch the animals go about their daily activities. Be warned though, the bus journey can get real pretty fast as the zoo believes in a realistic simulation of the animals’ natural habitat so carnivorous animals such as tigers and lions are given live prey to hunt for food. To enhance visitors’ experience, the zoo has built a Ferris wheel that takes you up giving you a splendid view of the entire zoo!

Opening hours: 8:00-17:00 from Mar. to Nov and 8:00-16:30 from Dec. to the next Feb.

Photos of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai
This photo of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium – Adjacent to the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong District. Featuring the world’s longest submarine viewing tunnel (155 metres), it is one of the largest ocean aquariums in the world. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium consists of two pyramid-shaped buildings – a main building and an annex. The aquarium has a large exhibition area, a gift shop and a restaurant that seats up to 300 persons. The main building is divided into different exhibition zones: China Zone, South America Zone, Australia Zone, Africa Zone, Southeast Asia Zone, Cold Water Zone, Polar Zone, Sea and Shore, Deep Ocean Zone and Special Exhibitions. Visitors can find more than 300 different types  of marine life, and 15,000 water creatures and rare fishes, such as poison dart frogs, jellyfishes, moon-fish, leafy sea dragons and emperor penguins. The China Zone in particular features aquatic organisms, the ecology of the Yangtze valley, and some endangered aquatic life in China such as the Chinese sturgeon, mullet, Yangtze alligator and giant salamander.

Opening hours: 9:00-21:00 everyday.

Photos of Longhua Temple, Shanghai
This photo of Longhua Pagoda & Longhua Temple is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Longhua Pagoda & Longhua Temple – The temple was first build in 242 AD, during the Three Kingdoms Period. According to a legend, King Sun Quan of the Kingdom of Wu had obtained the Sharira relics (cremated remains of the Buddha). To house these precious relics, the king ordered the construction of 13 pagodas. Longhua Pagoda, part of the Longhua temple complex, is said to have been one of them. Besides its long and rich history, Longhua Temple is the largest temple in Shanghai. Occupying an area of over 20,000 square meters, the architectural proportion is about 5,000 square meters. The temple consist of the Maitreya Hall, Devajara Hall, Mahavira Hall, Three Sages Hall, Abbot’s Hall, and the Sutras Keeping Hall which keeps the three treasures of the temple – the Dazang sutras, the gold seals and the Buddhist statues. The 40.4 meters high Longhua Pagoda stands in front of the Longhua Temple and is quite the sight to behold! In addition, a venerable copper bell measuring two meters in height, one point three meters in diameter and weighing five tons is placed on the Bell Tower. The Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony on 31st December is regarded as one of the eight great attractions of Shanghai and draws lots of people to the temple.

Opening hours: 07:00 to 16:30 everyday.

Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai is located in the CBD financial district along the romantic Huangpu river! Fraser Suites Shanghai offers unrivalled luxury living with a spell-binding panoramic views of the Bund and the city.

Fraser Suites Top Glory, Shanghai marries the timeless charm of Old Shanghai with the modern sophistication of today’s metropolis. Like the panoramic vistas from our property, the interior of our 317 Gold-Standard Shanghai serviced residences is equally impressive. Designed for the jet-setting executives who have traveled the world, the contemporary concepts will fulfill the lifestyle expectations of the residents. Situated in the bustling Lujiazui CBD financial district along the romantic Huangpu river, Fraser Suites Top Glory, Shanghai offers unrivaled luxury living.

The convenience of city living brings the heart of Shanghai to your doorstep – with major international shopping malls and an array of cuisines at every turn. And to save you the hassle of transportation, you may hop onto any of our complimentary shuttle services that will bring you straight to nearby business districts. The central location of Fraser Suites Top Glory, Shanghai means getting around is quick and easy, via the inter-connected tunnels and subways. Both Hongqiao and Pudong international airports are also easily accessible. Let us transform travelling into a fuss-free experience, with a stay at Fraser Suites Top Glory, Shanghai. With major international shopping malls and an array of cuisine at every turn, our serviced residence is truly sited at the heart of Shanghai’s vibrant city living.

Set in the heart of the Luwan district, Fraser Residence Shanghai at Silver Court occupies a downtown location. Just a block away from Huaihai Road, the bustling shopping and entertainment hub – Xintiandi, this prestigious service apartment is ideally placed for your business and leisure needs. With a critical mass of landmark office and retail developments in the immediate vicinity, the serviced residence sits on one of Shanghai’s most prime locations. Adding to its coveted address is its proximity to critical transport gateways – it is 40 minutes by car to Hongqiao International Airport, and 1 hour to Pudong International Airport, while within the immediate vicinity are metro and bus services.

The chic address is complemented by equally stylish interiors. The beautifully-appointed serviced residence offers eye-catching design and sophisticated lifestyle concepts that will appeal to the most discerning corporate executives. Technology is used to full advantage with amenities like the home entertainment system and internet connectivity – yet the décor ensures a restful ambience that offers solace at the end of a busy workday.

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