This bustling city is situated on the Yangtze River’s estuary. It is an important financial and international trade centre. Shanghai is known as the ‘Oriental Paris’.Shanghai has many attractions like the Huangpu River, the Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower, and Xin Tian Di. Suburban areas of Qibao Ancient Town, Zhujajiao Water Town and Chongming Island attract a lot of travellers.
There are many commercial streets and shopping centres in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the most famous one. It is 5.5 km long with more than 620 shops, cafes and restaurants. Areas like Huaihai Road, Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City, North Sichuan Road, Xujiahui and Jiali Sleepless City are also major centres. In fact, Yuyuan Shopping City, Xujiahui Shopping City, New Shanghai Shopping City and Jiali Sleepless City are called the “Four Cities” of Shanghai.
The Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai is one of the visited Buddhist temples of the city. The White Jade Buddha sculptures were brought from Burma during the nineteenth century.
Jin Mao Tower is the third tallest building in the world and also the tallest building in China. It is situated in the middle of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong.
Shanghai’s Venice is Zhujiajiao, an old water town. It is situated in the suburbs of the city. It has a history of over 1,700 years.
St. Ignatius Cathedral or Xujiahui Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city. Its history spans over 90 years. It is one of the largest Catholic Churches in China and is situated in the Xujiahui district. The Cathedral which was first built in 1906 was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. The church complex no longer exists except for part of the church, a part of the school, and the library. It has altars, Gothic ceilings, stone columns, and stained glass windows.
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