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Water Town Zhu Jia Jiao

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Water town Zhu Jia Jiao is the one very nearby Shanghai, comparing to the other similar around.

Established in the 2 centuries BC, Zhu Jia Jiao was always a market town for clothing and rice trades. With the presence of its booming antique stores, it managed to consolidate the prestige at the dynasties Ming and Qing, You still can trace those historic shops in alleyways.

Now Zhu Jia Jiao is part of the Shanghai, it sits within Qin Pu Division and is accessible by public transports at the People’s Square or near Shanghai Stadium or by frequent Express Line ‘Hu Zhou’.

You can have a ride on the boat, given the town name as the ‘Venice in the east’. It is said 36 bridges connect the town throughout, all in different shapes and materials such as wooden or stone or marble, You will enjoy taking the photos of these ancient bridges, or, the view at Ma Jia Garden (one of the largest manor style gardens in the southern China).

Old pharmacy Tong Tian He is at the original location, the vintage Chinese pharmacy is so charming with its surroundings.  However, Zhu Jia Jiao went through the revamp in 2012, added with shopping malls and entertainment complex. Let’s hope the authenticity of this old town is not threatened entirely.

Half a day trip can give you the chance to put a piece of jigsaw in your collection of traditional Chinese charm. You can taste some local dishes before heading back Shanghai.

Why not Try our carefully selected programme: Half a Day at Water Town Zhu Jia Jiao

Yu Garden

See Yu Garden for visual treat

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Nested in the heart of city centre, Yu Garden has the layout of traditional Chinese garden: pavilion, artificial mountains, willow trees, ponds and the magnificent zigzag bridge. Built in the 16th century,  the only traditional garden in the north of Shanghai, whether you are in Shanghai for a couple of days or longer, this place is a must see. We recommended this gem in our blog “One Day In Shanghai”(One Day In Shanghai).

Not only Yu Garden prides itself a visual feast, it makes a worthy trip for shopping. For a long time, it is the heaven for the wholesalers, when they source anything locally produced. Today, you still have plenty of choices for your Christmas list or just the impulsive binges.

Restaurants and food stores boast another reason for visiting. Lu Bo Lang and Shanghai Restaurant have been there for years, they offer the traditional food with local flavour, so delicate. Those restaurants often attract long queues of hungry eaters. The best thing in life is always worth waiting. One of the afternoons, you sit at Lu Bo Lang, sipping the Chinese tea with the delightful Dim Sum, a lake in your view when looking out the window, it is divine.

Getting there is easy.  Almost every local knows its location. Metro line 10 and plenty of bus services go through there. Don’t be put off by the crowds, popular places like Yu Garden are often packed with visitors all day, perhaps try to avoid the peak hours, I wouldn’t miss out the opportunity for the local Dim Sum.

Our list for you to consider Discovery “the Traditional Charm”.

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The Best Time to Visit Shanghai

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When is the best time to visit Shanghai? Well, it depends on what you expect to experience. Shanghai has clearly defined weather.

Winter, it is crisp cold after the New Year, temperature can tank to zero with icy road and short day light.  Usually this is the moment when the Chinese New Year is approaching, either in Jan or the early Feb, the atmosphere is relaxed and cheerful. The Whole place can be quiet with lots of migrate workers back home towns for the annual leave. Traffic is flowing. This can help your planned activities go easily.  You can visit Lantern Show at Yu Yuan, or Cherry Blossoms at Gu Cun, north of Shanghai (via metro line 7).

Spring, Shanghai is wonderfully colourful with plants and flowers bouncing back to life, people practise dancing at parks or Tai Chi at the Bund. This is the excellent time to take excursions to the Gong Qing National Forest Park in Yang Pu District (North of the city). It is almost 2000 acres, with a feast of trees, walking pathways, boating on the lake, mini train lines and horse riding tracks, plenty of fun to make a day out, it can be reached by Metro line 4, followed by a short journey on the public bus. This is also the season when lots of exhibitions are on in Shanghai. If you are a fan of formula 1, you are there just in time.

Summer can be blister hot, over 30 degree is norm. You can have an early start then take the coach to Dian Shan Lake at Qing Pu, only 50 km away from downtown. With its majestic pagoda, willow tree lined river bank and flagstone paved street, it is a soothing get-away from the busy city. In the town, you still can visit galleries and museums before dusk or heading to your favourite bar.

Autumn is a poetic season in Shanghai. Heat has gone, air is cooler with the hint of jasmine fragrance. Walking and exploring the town can be so interesting and pleasant. It may be a very good time to walk in the old French concession, where the architecture is kept with European flair, some of the historic figures and celebrities in the past lived there, most of these places are remained as they were.

Different times of the year in Shanghai give different impressions, it depends your preference. However, one thing does not let you down for sure is the food. You can taste the hot pot in the winter or fresh crab in the autumn.

Please see our selections for the sights and trips Find Out More


Be Merry

Christmas in Shanghai

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Christmas in Shanghai can be fun: I have been getting the messages on my WeChat from my friends in Shanghai, their images of having a good time. They are sending the good wishes. Christmas is not a long tradition in Shanghai, but is widely celebrated among the young and the professionals and now the middle class.

When you are there, you can find the venues for celebration easily,

check out plenty going on.

For someone who wants to do a bit of holiday things or going there for the moment of ‘peace and quiet’, you are not going to be disappointed either. The latest brochure from the official tourist board has the latest news on ‘eating out’ and ‘explore’, including the art world there. You can find something thoroughly enjoyable.

Christmas is one month ahead of The Chinese New Year, the latter will be sometime in Jan 2017. With one month span, this is just the perfect season for celebration on a long holiday: eat, drink and be merry…

YourShanghaiLink, wishing you a lovely time for the festive holiday.

To Do

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One Day in Shanghai

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One day in Shanghai, what would you do? How can you make the most? Have a plan to get you through and make it memorable.

Once you are off the plane in the morning, you can take the airport high speed meglev train to downtown, if you are in strict schedule and if you want to see the authentic Shanghai, you can go to Yu Garden for its traditional architecture style and old charm.(check on It makes your day to taste the dimsum in Lu Bo Lang. After Yu Garden, you can easily find the way by public transport to Xin Tian Di, (refer to the area is the location of the 1st communist’s conference, the old building style Long Tang is still kept with modern twists, one of the best places to go in Shanghai. You can enjoy your afternoon break or visit a couple of boutiques before you set off again.

From there, you can get to the east side of Shanghai, Lu Jia Zui in Pu Dong, where it features in many new post cards of skylines, you can visit the TV building or get to the top of Jin Mao, overlooking the west side of Shanghai, the Bund (river bank) and other landmarks. You can also enjoy the spectacular view with a drink at the bar in Shanghai Financial Centre.

Finally, time to leave, back with the metro line and high speed train to the airport. You just had a taste of the city, the hustle and bustle, the local charm and the high life…

OK, take a leaf from our recommended programmes here, click and plan ahead:
Trips in Shanghai
Xu Hui Riverside

Xu Hui Riverside Promenade (1)

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Xu Hui Riverside Promenade is best known for jogging, its excellent structure and length accommodate the joggers targeting for different strengths: three km, six km and eleven km. A long beautiful promenade runs alongside the riverbank on the west part of the city. From the start point near Dong’an Road, it overlooks the arch bridge Lu Pu, where it used to be a port. The view can be spectacular in dusk.

Three different tracks to run on for the joggers: asphalt pavement, wooden or plastic runway.  You can jog at one km if it suits you, an Italian restaurant awaits just in case a little peckish. The runway up here is plastic to another half km. This part is popular with the locals, where they enjoy street dancing in tune with their favourite old pops. If you march on, you get on to the length of three km. If that’s still not enough, you head towards the direction of that landmark bridge up to six km. Very popular run among the locals, you may bump into people who are flying the kites. Lockers are available till 9pm evening for this part.

It is very pleasant in the summer evening, you can always head back if no intention to stop jogging. This route is part of half Marathon in Shanghai.

Of course, it attracts more than the joggers, local dancers, Tai Chi practitioners, it is lovely to have long walk there, you can bring your favourite books when you want to take a break from watching the “rainbow” bridge.

To Do

Take Bus to see more of the city

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Line 49 travels one of the longest bus routes in Shanghai. It has been around over 50 years. Well established route goes through major divisions in Shanghai: XuHui, PuTuo, Jing’an.

The route begins at one of the old residential areas Dong’an in the south of the inner circle, where you can sense the strong community being. When the bus springs out its journey, it takes you through the interesting areas, such as centrally situated Science Academy where Pushkin statue quietly stands nearby; the cool restaurants with large camphor tree occupies the courtyard and a pub called ‘Abbey Road’.

Then the bus goes across Huai Hai Road, a popular boulevard closed to the heart of the stylish locals in the older days. You can get off any of the next couple of stops for shopping and walks, Xiang Yang Park is handy to be found, boutiques and bars and clubs are clustered in the area, easily to spend hours after midday.

If you stay on the line, you get to North Shan Xi Road, with swanky designer stores, large department stores, fashionable shops like Zara, plush office blocks, etc. If you are patient, this bus will take you to Xin Tian Di. The location of the first communist party’s conference is situated next to the shops where the items are priced in dollars. This area has been revamped but remains the traditional Shanghai façade of architecture, beautifully decorated shops and trendy restaurants are very attractive to all visitors. Today, this area is one of the most visited places.

After that, 49 passes Xi Zang Road to Fu Zhou Road, you will be chuffed if you are interested in books, Chinese calligraphy or musical instruments. The area is close to Nan Jing Road, which is the longest shopping street in Shanghai.

Finally bus line 49 takes you to the Bund, where it ends it long stride, you can see the new Shanghai, Pu Dong, across the river in the east.


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