This is a broad topic, and since one person’s entertainment is another’s barbiturate, we’ll just give you a few general hints. Suffice it to say that there is plenty to do in this city. Elsewhere in the HANDBOOK we’ve directed you toward various monthly “what’s going on” type magazines that give one the lowdown on discos, bars, restaurants, sports events, art shows.
Most of these are available free at major hotels, bars and nightclubs. We have also referred you to the city’s excellent museums, worth many days of viewing. On the other end of People’s Park is a place that is often missed, the Shanghai City Planning Hall, which sounds deadly but actually has a fascinating three-dimensional model of Shanghai. It’s huge, and permits the viewer a strong sense of the city’s magnitude and the directions toward which it plans growth. The Planning Hall can’t be missed thanks to its distinctive roof, topped with four massive steel cupolas.
Huangpu River Cruise has been regarded as one of the most important and traditional tourist activities at night. It is know to all that the beautiful Huangpu River, also called the mother of this metropolis, embodies the quintessence of Shanghai’s attractive scenes.
During the cruise, visitors can enjoy scenes on both banks. One of the most riveting cruise is the combination of the world-famed bridges and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Nanpu Bridge and Yangpu Bridge are like two huge dragons while the Oriental Pearl Tower resembles a suspended pearl. This captivates locals who are familiar with the drama :” Two dragons Tossing a Pearl.”
Address: 300 People’s Ave. (人民大道300号)
Located to the west of Shanghai Municipal Government Building and with a total investment of 60 million USD and a total floor space of 70,000 sq.m, Shanghai Grand Theatre was designed by a world-famous French architect known for having designed Paris’s Bastille Opera House. Built in 1994, the theatre is a place for performance of first-grade international and domestic music, opera, ballet, orchestra, symphony and drama.
With the largest stage in the world equipped with convertible facilities, the building of the theatre is 40 meters high, with 2 stories underground, 6 stories above ground and another 2 stories on top, 10 stories in all. It contains a few separate performance venues: the huge main audience hall, the Lyric Theatre able to seat 1,800 people, the 600-seat Drama Theatre and the 200-seat Studio Theatre. Shanghai Grand Theatre has become one of the centers f cultural lives in Shanghai. A lot of world-grade dances, operas, music and films, such as British <cats> and Broadway’s <The Miserable World> have been performed or shown there.
Address: 100 People’s Ave. (人民大道100号)
Transportation: Bus No. 18, 20, 23, 37. 46, 49, 71, 109, 127, 145, etc.
Lying in the northeastern part of people’s Square, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, as one of the new landmarks of metropolis and the largest urban planning exhibition center in the world, provides the services of exhibitions, meetings, business, F&B and advertisement.
On the fourth floor is a huge three dimensional model of the cityscape that permits the viewer a strong sense of the city’s magnitude and the directions toward which it plans growth. The Planning Hall can’t be missed thanks to its distinctive roof, topped with four massive steel cupolas.
A great deal of high technology in the fields of sound, optics and dynamics is used in the Section of Urban Rapid Transit. Visitors will be led into a simulated carriage and get a first-hand experience of the great changes of Shanghai.
The center also takes pride in its longest optical illusion system in China. The system shows today and yesterday’s Nanjing Road and portrays the characteristic human and cultural images of both 1930s and 1990s.
Shanghai Xintiandi 新天地
Address: Taicang Rd. (to the south of Huaihai Rd.) (太仓路，淮海路以南)
Transportation: Bus No. 24, 12, 109, 926, Subway No. 1, Tourist Bus No. 10
Xintiandi, situated in the center of Shanghai, near both Huaihai Road (M.) and People’s Square, is famous for its successful combination of Shikumen (a traditional Shanghai architectural style) and modern western architectural style. It is seen as a typical manifestation of “Hai Pai” (Shanghai Style) culture as well as a reflection of Shanghai’s historic culture in architecture.
The structures of Shi Ku Men in Xintiandi give one the sense of going into the past, as if he entering the 1920s again! In the mid-1990s, Hong Kong’s Shui On Group announced a 50 million USD scheme to construct a hub of culture, art, entertainment, shopping ,dining and leisure by renovating the original Shikumen at the south of Huaihai Road (M.), with a view to creating something akin to London’s Piccadilly Circus or Paris’ Arc de Triomphe in Shanghai. However, the interior of each building is completely modern and all kinds of relaxing facilities can be found, such as cafes, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and bars. It is often thought of by both local people and visitors as one of the most attractive places for nightlife. A favorite of Shanghai citizens and expats alike.
Hengshan Rd. Leisure Street 衡山路休闲街
Transportation: Bus No. 02, 15, 42, 44, 49, 93, 824, 830, Subway No. 1etc.
Lying in the Xuhui District, the busiest part of southwest Shanghai, Hengshan Road is famous for its typical European atmosphere.
Hengshan Road is located in Shanghai’s former French Concession area. Though only 2 kilometers long, it is crowded with cafes and bars intermixed with hotels, beauty parlors, health clubs and bakeries. On both sidewalks, there are many luxuriant French plane trees and dozens of European-style buildings of 1920s’ and 1930s’ vintage. It is a night street, one of the city’s hot spots.
Shanghai Wildlife Zoo 上海野生动物园
Address: Sanzhao Town, Nanhui District (南汇区三灶镇南六口路178号)
Business Hours: 8:00-17:00
Transportation: Tourist Line No. 2, Line Yuanye, Line Zhangnan etc.
Entry fee: 80 RMB (adults); 40 RMB (children)
Close to Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Wildlife Zoo, the first of its kind in China, covers a vast tract of land, established in a combined style of modern zoos and wildlife parks. Although the animals are free to roam or relax in wide, open spaces, they are separated from the viewing public by deep moats and heavy fencing. There are over 200 rare species of animals housed in two separate areas-the walking zone and the bus-only zone.
In the walking zone, visitors can walk around randomly. A wide range of species; divided into several groups can be seen, e.g. a herbivore zone, an aquatic bird lake, an enclosed aviary, a butterfly aviary and a monkey zone. In the bus-only zone, people have to stay in a fully-closed bus; through the bus windows they view zebra, camels, antelope, elephants, giraffes and rhinoceri. In a few larger zones, dangerous carnivores including bears, tigers, lions and cheetahs are kept.
The zoo boasts about 100 animal stars that are able to give more than 50 types of performances that are scheduled throughout the day. As an example, between 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning, different animals gather on the square facing the main gate to welcome visitors. Starting from 11:00 and 14:30 respectively, groups of lions and tigers do stunts at the Animal Area. It is a real spectacle, sure to turn off PETA enthusiasts. Visitors are permitted to drive their own vehicles inside the zoo.
Oriental Green Land 东方绿洲
Address: 6888 HuQingping Rd. (沪青平公路6888号)
Located by the Dianshan Lake in Qingpu District, it is one of the top sites in the country for young peoples extracurricular education and entertainment. Covering more than 3,700 hectares, the center is divided into eight areas, including the Bravery and Wisdom District, the Knowledge Boulevard, the National Defense Education, the Wildness Surviving, the Creation Activities, the Aquatic Sports, the Daily Life Practice, and the Sport Training zones. It has a lawn extending 170,000 square meters, 110,000 trees and more than 400 types of flowers. A long ride outside the city, but recommended (mildly).
Shanghai Circus World 上海马戏团
Address: 2266 Gonghexin Rd. (共和新路2266号)
Transportation: Bus No. 46, 95, 114
Located on Gonghexin Road, Shanghai Circus World is a well-equipped modern circus. It includes an amusement city, an animal house, a performers’
reception center and a rehearsal hall, with a total area of 22,500 sq.m. Acrobatic and circus performances are the central attractions!
Able to seat 1,672 people, the Acrobatic Ground is equipped with all necessary up-to-date facilities for large-scale acrobatic shows. Shanghai Circus Troupe and other famous troupes perform here.
The Animal House, which has an area of 1,540 sq.m, contains an elephant’s room, panda room, seal room, stables and an animal rehearsal room. Another feature is the Culture and Business City, which occupies an area of12,000 sq.m. It has cultural displays, a shopping center and a restaurant.
Bridge 8 八号桥
Addres: Jianguo Road Central Near South Chongqing Rd.
Bridge 8 in the Luwan district is the best-known creative industry compound in Shanghai. Its predecessor as tenant was the Shanghai Car Brakes Factory, with a floor area of over 10,000 sqm. Today, in addition to creative studios, there are also coffee shops, French and Japanese restaurants, beauty salons, art galleries and household stores situated in the compound. The compound is made up of seven inter-linked buildings, with common space, decorated under four different themes linked through different themes for each building. New elements have been injected into these old buildings to create an innovative architectural style that embraces both the industrial era and modern developments.