This extends from Jinling Road in the south to the Waibaidu Bridge over the Suzhou Creek in the north, is on the western bank of the Huangpu River. It is a 1.5-kilometer boulevard and used to be called the Huangpu Shoal. It used to be a 10-meter-wide boulevard lined with canopy-like sycamores. Cedars, cassias, and camphor trees made the street green all the year round. Flower beds were always in blossoms. Now it becomes the favored place for the tourists to tarry and enjoy the river scene and cultural activities going on along the Bund. Walking up to the dam, you will be fascinated by the sight of forest of masts, the glittering waves, the impressive skyline, and shadowy trees interlacing with beautiful flowers. It is just like a magnificent scroll.
The Bund---known as a miniature museum of international architecture with dozens of high buildings standing along the shore and overlooking the shuttling sailing vessels on the Huangpu River amid the whistle blasts here and there.
It is situated near the Old God¡¯s Temple of the old city proper of Shanghai. Here the views of Yu Garden, Jiu Qu Bridge, Huxin Pavilion, God¡¯s Temple, Chenxiangge, etc. are well-known for a long time.
Many commercial buildings group, such as the newly-built Jingyulou, Yuebinlou. Bailinglou, Hetenglou, Tianyulou. Huabaolou, Jingronglou etc. make the Old God¡¯s Temple changing the new face from the old appearance and become a real tour and shopping center of Shanghai combining garden, temple and emporium in one place, and shopping, tour, restaurant, amusement in one body.
By its characteristic of ¡®ancient outside, western inside¡¯, the newly built building group is in accordance and unification with the original views, supplements and radiates each other. The architectural figure follows historically the southern garden style in the Ming and Qing dynasties, with flying eaves, raised corners, engraved beams and painted ridgepoles. Inside the building establishes a series of contemporary advanced in stallations like escalator, background music, TV supervision and cold-warm air condition, etc.
Here. Every building can be ¡®independent¡¯ to show its own characteristic. Yuyuan Commercial Mansion absorbs the elite of ancient tower architecture; the surrounding lounge at the bottom floor can be used to take a rest for the tourists. Ninghuige at the upper floor of Tianyulou is the high point of the whole building group¨Ceight corners piercing through the sky, splendid, tall and straight. It can be compared with the famous building like Huanghelou, Tengwangge etc.
The Broadcasting & Television Tower of Oriental Pearl
It is situated in the tip of Lujiazui of the east shore of Huang-pu River, looking from the other side of the river is the New Bund. The height of the tower is 468 meters, occupies the first place in Asia, the third place in the world.
The high tower is supported by three columns with a diameter of 9 meters and three oblique braces with a diameter of 7 meters intersected in 60¡¯ to the ground, piercing straight to the clouds and sky. The 11 steel structured round balls, including space cabin, upper ball, lower ball, 5 ball-like sky hotels in the middle and three decorative small balls at the bottom are just like 11 shining pearls embedded on the body of the tower, form poetic conception of big and small pearls dropping down on the Jade disc.
The Oriental Pearl Tower has been the new symbol of Shanghai. When the night is coming, under the reflection of multi-colored lamps, the slim and graceful demeanour is more fascinating.
The People¡¯s Square
It is situated in the center of Shanghai city proper and the south side of People`s Park. The total area is nearly 13 hectares; it is the political, cultural, commercial center and the hub of traffic.
In the past, here was large stretch of cement land, the installation was simple and crude. After reconstruction, the People¡¯s Boulevard was broadened, the greenery area was expanded from the originally occupying 20% land to 70% land. Taking the Municipal Government Mansion as the axis, newly opened a large central square¨CLight of Huangpu River square.
The People¡¯s Square establishes large musical light dry fountain and ¡®Shanghai Domain¡¯ view, and also constructs ¡®Rising Sun¡¯, ¡®Bright Moon¡¯ sub-squares, lays the ground with colored granite, patches with various garden lights decoration, artistic sculptures and large antique copper-carved and multi-colored earthen bowls. At the surrounding of road side and greenery land, it establishes various chairs unconventional in The reconstruction of the people¡¯s Square combines the flavor of Chinese traditional culture with the modern city in one, expands the function suitable for use, and increases the sight-seeing function, let Shanghai glow with youthful vitality.
The Shanghai Museum
It was originally housed within the City Library on Nanjing Road until 1995. This spectacular building is now the centerpiece of People¡¯s Square. The Museum is a harmonious combination of square shapes and circular ones, epitomizing the Chinese traditional concept, which imagines heaven as round, and earth as square. The design is also in keeping with Feng Shui principles and this perfectly symmetrical building is said to resemble a large Chinese cooking pot with two handles protruding from either side.
As well as embodying the modern spirit of the city, the museum also houses a great permanent collection and hosts various exhibitions throughout the year. The displays are well presented and labeled in English and Chinese and it¡¯s an excellent indication of the cultural wealth existing in the city. The museum boasts over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ancient Chinese coins, jade furniture, and western art.
It was the first commercial road in Shanghai. In the early 20th century, there were only four department stores along this stretch. Today, it has become the number one place for shopping in the city. The money at work in the road has encouraged many companies and businesses over the years to set up bases near here. Nanjing Road is fantastically located, stemming off the Huangpu River and the Bund at a right angle and linking the city¡¯s main commercial and residential districts to the mouth of the river. The road to the east of Xizang Road is called Nanjing Dong Road while the road to the west is known as Nanjing Xi Road.
Jade Buddha Temple
The Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si) was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909) and burned down in the early 20th century. In 1918, Jade Buddha Temple was rebuilt on Anyuan Road. The construction of the temple is in the magnificent architectural style of the Song Dynasty. The temple is composed of several compounds such as the Halls of Heavenly Kings, the Main Hall, the Hall of the Sleeping Buddha and the Hall of the Jade Buddha. Here many ancient statues, paintings, a complete set of Buddhist scriptures (printed in the Qing Dynasty), and over 7000 other rare scriptures are kept.