New Riverside East Bund

New Riverside East Bund in Shanghai

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New riverside in Shanghai (East Bund) is going through restructuring in YangPu, aims to open the majority part of the water front to public, on the top of current riverside at HuangPu, XuHui and new Pu Dong area. This will make the entire riverside a landmark at a different scale.

Shanghai news suggests by Saturday, some 70 percent of the riverfront in downtown Shanghai will be open to the public, with continuous paths, bridges and preserved historic buildings. The length of riverside paths reaches to 32.4km.

Famous waterfront, Bund, is one of the most visited sites for public (our blog River Bank Wai Tan ). Recent years we see more parts of waterfront available to the public, such as the riverside “Xu Hui” with different running tracks (our blog xu-hui-riverside-promenade ) and the futuristic Pu Dong new area.

Unlike the other parts of the riverside, Yangpu is featured by preserved historic relics of the city’s earliest industries. Many former industrial relics will be preserved along the riverside section. for instance, a 50 meter tall silo, built by a British shipping firm in 1908 and once the largest in Asia that stored most of the city’s grain in its heyday, becomes the main venue for the three-month Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, which is open this week.

The newly opened east section will connect Lujiazui financial center and the former World Expo site and many future city landmarks.

East side waterfront, once all completed, 12 pedestrian bridges will span creeks and waterways running off the main river in Pudong. A cluster of small parks, covering 1,000 to 3,000 square meters, are also planned along the river. Three lanes for cycling, running and walking will be built along the bank.

Exciting time – We look forward to taking more images for the new sites.

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Autumn leaves Shanghai

Autumn is the time to see Shanghai

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Autumn time to see Shanghai is just lovely. After the sizzling hot summer, the air is cooler and place is back to entertain, this is the season to visit the place and it has the offers on your ‘wish list’ ticked.

It’s gonna be busy when you are here this year. Shanghai Tourism Festival commences 9th Sep and ends in 6th Oct, a true extravaganza for the city, includes food, lights, music, sports. The Annual Shopping Festival kick starts the Tourism Festival this weekend with promotions and concerts, participated by 2,000 companies, should be worthwhile to make trips to some of their outlets.

People can hardly miss the fun in this year’s Tourism Festival. A variety of events spreads across several districts. For instance, XuHui district prides itself with Hengfu Art Festival, it tempts with jogging events (every Saturday during the festival), street concerts and evening shows in the park. Some of its events are held at the celebrities residential villas, such as Jin Ba (late novelist) and LePing Zhang (late cartoonist). (See our highlights for this district.)

Apart from these events, autumn is genuinely nice to visit Shanghai. Change between the seasons brings out the charm of a lively cosmopolitan: colours, smells, noise and food. You can easily explore the city and its beyond, without worrying sunburn or freezing cold. (check on our affection for all seasons in Shanghai)

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Summer in Shanghai

Hot Summer in Shanghai

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Summer in Shanghai can be challenging, it certainly raises the threshold for dealing with the heat. In our blog ‘’, we suggest to get away from the town centre for the day, where you see the nature and enjoy the fresh air.  Blister hot in the city, it easily reaches to 35 degree, plus the days of hot temperature is more in the East. With the humidity, it is essential to feel refreshed to keep the energy level.

After quite a few days heat wave in the UK, I find it easy to cope the summer in Shanghai, with air cons in each household and most of the places with roof. Then, it means you have to stay indoors. For anyone who’d like to get out, you can either venture out to the small towns close by, or, little islands nearby Shanghai, such as Chong Min, or, Qian Dao Lake, where you can stay in the local B&B, fresh food, sometimes seafood in Chong Min or Qian Dao are served.

Nature is not difficult to reach. An article in today’s Metro reports that there will be three country parks, planned twenty suburban country parks with 130 square km, all will be done in Shanghai speed. They will replace the out dated industrial land, as part of the regeneration programme for the city. For sure, chilling out In Shanghai will be more resourceful.

Our image here is a small town in the west side of Shanghai, like those places, they are tranquil, the perfect for get-away. For those who just want to stay in the town, the choice for ‘chill out’ couldn’t be more, take a leaf from our selection here.Tours and Sights in Shanghai

to read the relevant article we mentioned ‘Metro’ get to know the locations of the ‘country parks’

Shanghai City at night

River bank Wai Tan

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The Bund is River Bank, Wai Tan, called by locals. At the west side of Huang Pu river, it is Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road (the 1st east Zhong Shan Boulevard), one of the heavy traffic lines. It reaches Su Zhou creek to the north, stretches as long as 1.5 km.

It’s not just the river bank. People see the Bund as the building collection or sightseeing landmark, it is one of the reasons Shanghai is known for its rich collections of art deco architecture. The buildings with the styles range from renaissance, gothic or baroque have been there since the beginning of the 20th century, housed numerous headquarters, banks, clubs, especially at one point when Shanghai was determined to be the financial centre of the East.

It’s always exciting to go to the Bund when I was little. It was like seeing something splendid or old glamour. This sense of excitement still exists, now it has gone through several stages of major re-structuring. Just off Waibaidu Bridge, a statue of the first mayor in Shanghai (post 1949) stands. The road is more organised, the buildings are more commercially orientated. There are restaurants, bars, boutiques in the old buildings. A plaza on the riverbank, where people go for dancing, tai chi, it’s a fabulous meeting point.

Apart from visiting the old buildings, the Bund has more to offer, such as river cruise in the night, where you get on the boat here, the night view on the Bund is indeed awesome (our image here just catchesthe glimpse of it); or, enjoying the view from the Bund to the east side Pu Dong, it is hard to imagine the view was less interesting a couple of decades ago, look at it now, the view across the river is the epitome of modern and future.

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See the list of the buildings

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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

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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


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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