Shanghai is one of the most populated and developed cities in China. It is a global financial centre, and a transport hub with the world’s busiest container port having some of the tallest sky piercing skyscrapers, miles of luxury goods shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. It is a city with two faces, where on one hand you see the marvels of advanced architecture, engineering and technology, while on the other hand, you see narrow alleyways where local communities still thrive today in traditional houses. Shanghai is renowned for its skyline, museums and historic buildings.
The best way to get an insight into the history, traditions and culture of the city is to take a tour of some of the best historical attractions in Shanghai, including the former residence of Sun Yat-sen, Yuyuan Garden, Grave of Lu Xun, Grave of Soong Ching-ling, Grave of Xu Guangqi, Longhua Revolutionary Martyrs Memorial and Architecture of the Bund. Other top historic sites in Shanghai include Zhenru Temple, Xingshengjiao Temple Pagoda, Fuquanshan Site, Songze Site, Maqiao Site, Guangfulin Site, Zhidan Yuan Sluice Site and the Jiading Confucius Temple. The city is also home to numerous museums showcasing significant artefacts from different eras like Shanghai Museum, Shanghai History Museum, Shanghai Natural History Museum and the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center. The exploration of the city would help you rediscover the hidden, vibrant and mesmerising culture of Shanghai.
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Top Historical Shanghai landmarks
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Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
The namesake of this waterfront area is derived from the Persian and Hindustani word, Band. The word literally translates to dam, embankment or levee. Located in the eastern part of the Huangpu District on Zhongshan Road, the Bund basically refers to a number of wharves and buildings that are situated along the Huangpu River.
One of the most promin...
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Wusheng Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
This area can be considered to be one of the main city centers of Shanghai. Often compared to Times Square, one can find huge crowds in this location throughout the day. Placed adjacent to Nanjing Road in the Huangpu District, this place is famous for obvious reasons.
Built on the site of a former horse racing track, this public square is home to t...
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123弄 Xingye Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
This area is regarded as one of the most affluent locales in Shanghai. Being a car-free zone, people can spend a lot of time walking in the streets.
The streets here are lined with designer boutiques, famous restaurants and entertainment options. Do expect to spend a considerable amount of money when shopping in this area. The characteristic featur...
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No.100, Century Ave., Pudong New Area, Shanghai China
08:00 am - 10:00 pm
This is one of the most iconic images of modernist China. Being a symbol of the prosperity and technological superiority of Shanghai, this one hundred one storey skyscraper was the second tallest building in the world at the time of its construction.
Located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, this multiuse skyscraper holds massive respect and quit...
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No 201, Ren Min Da Dao, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003, P.R.CHINA
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Shanghai Museum is only one of the main attractions that people can view in the Peoples Square. The foundations of this museum were laid in 1952 and it has predominantly remained an art museum.
The architecture of the museum building is built with strict accordance to Chinese perception and philosophies. Local architect Xing Tonghe designed the...
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No.36 Meizhou Road, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201713, China
This locality is affectionately referred to as the Venice of Shanghai. This suburb is a water town which has a rich and vibrant history that dates back over 1700 years. Zhujiajiao is not only famous in Shanghai but is also one of the most popular tourist destinations throughout China.
Surrounded by lakes and mountains, this small town covers around...
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Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200000, China
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
The ancient history of China can be witnessed in all its glory in the Old City of Shanghai. This part of the city has its roots in archaic Chinese history and is the oldest part of the city. Even to this day, the circular shape of the original Old City is maintained. Although much of the walls that circumvented the Old City have been brought down o...
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Hongkou, Shanghai, China
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Lu Xun Park is a charming municipal park in the Hongkou District of Shanghai and is located behind the Hongkou Football Stadium.The park is named after the Chinese writer Lu Xun who lived nearby the park in his last days. Lu Xun Park has the tomb of Lu Xun and inscriptions by Mao Zedong. One more feature of the park is the bronze statue of Lu Xun. ...
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Minzhu Road, Minhang, Shanghai, China
The word Qibao literally translates to ‘seven treasures’. This town located in the Minhang district of Shanghai is an ancient part of the city, the origins of which can be traced as far back as the ‘Five Dynasties and Ten kingdoms Period’.
This town is especially well known for its own brand of food involving crickets, a spe...
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Building 5-9, Lane 120, Maoming Bei Lu, near Weihai Lu, Jingan District, Shanghai
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
Everyone who has even the most basic historical knowledge will recognize Mao Zedong. The communist leader had visited Shanghai on numerous occasions and hence, his small residence on Maoming Lu is today a popular tourist destination.
This former residence is the only one open to the public and is mostly frequented by Chinese nationals or people wit...
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1686 Nanjing West Rd, Jing'an, Shanghai, China
07:30 am - 05:00 pm
Located on the West Nanjing Road in the Jing’an District, the name of this temple literally translates to Temple of Peace and Tranquility.
The original temple was constructed in 247 AD during the Period of the Three Kingdoms under the commission of the Wu Dynasty. In 1216, the Buddhist temple was relocated to its current location by the ruler...
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158 Puxi Rd, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Contrary to popular belief, there was and is a significant Christian influence in China. This influence manifests itself in Shanghai in the form of the St. Ignatius Cathedral. Located in Puxi Road, in Xujiahui in the Xuhui District, this church is famed for attracting over two thousand worshippers on every Sunday.
Built by French Jesuit monk and mi...
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No.2933 Longhua Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China
07:00 am - 05:00 pm
Situated in the southern part of the city of Shanghai, the Longhua Tourist City is one of the must see places during your visit to Shanghai. Spread on an area covering 31.17 hectares, this area has numerous tourist spots where people can spend a relaxing and enriching time.
The main attraction of this area is the Longhua Temple from which the area ...
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NO.1, Yichen Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
08:30 am - 04:30 pm
Another important tourist destination within the ‘Old City’ and in very close proximity to the Yu Garden is this City God Temple of Shanghai. The complex of the temple is extremely large and today people even refer to the surrounding commercial areas by this name.
This is a very old part of the city and most of the buildings in this pla...
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China, Shanghai, Songjiang, Sheshanzhen, Huanshan Rd, West Sheshan Yama
08:30 am - 06:00 pm
Sheshan Basilica in shanghai is officially known as the National Shrine and Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan. The place is a brilliant Roman catholic church and sees a lot of tourists due to its picturesque and dreamy location and amazing landscape. The destination has received much praise because of its architecture and design. The Shrine ear...