Shanghai. The second Chinese city in importance, a large city by any means, commonly divided between the modern Pudong on one side of the river and Puxi, home of the French quarter, on the other.
1. A walk on the Bund (Huang Pu district)
One should start the day by walking on the Bund. Start from the light house and walk up the river. On one side you will enjoy looking at the old building facades. On the other watch the activity on the river and the modern buildings on the opposite side of the river. By the time you reach the Peace hotel, you should grab a cab to your next destination Xintandi close to Huai Hai Lu.
2. The Luwan district
While Xintandi is way over done, it is still worth walking through, there is a small charming museum worth visiting for an hour that shows old Chinese interiors. From Xintandi walk to Fuxing park and see if you can catch elders exercising Tai Chi or dancing Latino dances. Then walk back to Huai Hai Lu and grasp the vibes of this busy shopping street then move on to Donghu Lu and further to Baoqing Lu. At that point you are in the heart of the French quarter and you will enjoy the shade of the trees planted by the French during the colonial days. You may extend your walk to the Jing’An temple before moving to the next highlight.
3. Climb the World Financial Building
Catch a cab back to the river and cross over to modern Pudong. Go to the Shanghai World Financial Building, also nicknamed the “bottle opener” because of its shape. The building is amazing, so is the view of the Bund from the top, in particular at night.
Enjoy your day…