China & Tibet / Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum
China & Tibet / Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple
China & Tibet / Pudong
China & Tibet / Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre
China & Tibet / The Bund
The Bund
China & Tibet / Xintiandi


Shanghai is China's economic powerhouse, the country's largest and fastest growing city. Set in the middle of the east China coast, the city has evolved from a sleepy town known for its fishing and weaving into a modern metropolis famed for finance and trade. Shanghai's gigantic, bustling port is now the world's third largest and ultra-modern glass-and-steel high rises are filling the city's landscape.

The Bund, once known as the Wall Street of the Far East is a beautiful waterfront area filled with colonial-era banks and trading houses. The Jade Buddha Temple, which houses two important white jade statues of the Buddha, both brought from Myanmar is worth a visit.

Suzhou, known as the Venice of the East for its great network of canals and bridges is also famed for its many classical gardens; visit the Lingering Garden and Tiger Hill, home of Suzhou's Leaning Pagoda, which is set at an even more precarious angle than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. End by touring one of Suzhou's finest silk mills.

Shanghai is also home to some of China's most adept ambassadors, the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobats, whose balancing acts have delighted audiences from London to La Paz.

Antipodes recommends

The Peninsula Shanghai
The Langham, Xiantiandi