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Shanghai Half Day Tour: The Bund, Nanjing Road, People's Square, Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Half Day Tour: The Bund, Nanjing Road, People's Square, Shanghai Museum

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Shanghai Half Day Tour: The Bund, Nanjing Road, People's Square, Shanghai Museum
• Item Code: LSH003
• Trip Duration: Approximately 4 hours
• Visiting: The Bund, Nanjing Road, People's Square, Shanghai Museum
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Key Details
• Tour Duration: 4 hours
• Live Guide: English & Chinese
• Pick-up Service: Your hotel at your time of convenience
• Pick-up & Drop off Place: Your hotel

Brief Itinerary
• Pick up at your hotel
• Visit The Bund
• Visit Nanjing Road
• Visit People's Square
• Visit Shanghai Museum
• Transfer to your hotel

What's Included
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
• Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
• Services of an English-speaking guide
• Entrance tickets to mentioned attractions

What's Not Included
• Optional activity costs
• Gratuities to guide & driver
• Any other personal expenses

The Bund
The Bund refers to Shanghai's famous waterfront stretching for 1.6km (1 mile) along the west shore of the Huangpu River. The original Bund runs from Suzhou Creek in the north to Jinling Lu in the south. On the west side of the main avenue that runs along the Bund are the colonial edifices of yore, while the eastern side is taken by the Bund Promenade, a newly widened and lengthened, raised embankment that acts as a dike against the Huangpu River. Once a muddy towpath for boats along the river, the Bund was where the foreign powers that entered Shanghai after the Opium War of 1842 erected their distinct Western-style banks and trading houses. From here, Shanghai grew into Asia's leading city in the 1920s and 1930s, a cosmopolitan and thriving commercial and financial center. Many of the awesome colonial structures you see today date from that prosperous time and have become an indelible part of Shanghai's cityscape. The colonial-era buildings that highlight the Bund include the former British Consulate, Customs House, former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, former Shanghai Club (now the Waldorf Astoria Hotel), and the Peace Hotel.

Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. The 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan'an West Street. As a result of the Opium War (1839-1842), Shanghai was forced to open to the West as a port. Nanjing Road was first the British Concession, then the International Settlement. Importing large quantities of foreign goods, it became the earliest shopping street in Shanghai. Over time, Nanjing Road has been restructured, undergoing significant change. For shopping convenience, its eastern end has an all-weather pedestrian arcade. Big traditional stores no longer dominate the market since modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theatres, and international hotels have mushroomed on both sides of the street. Today over 600 businesses on Nanjing road offer countless famous brands, superior quality, and new fashions. KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and other world-famous food vendors line both sides of the street. Upscale stores include Tiffany, Mont Blanc, and Dunhill. In addition, approximately a hundred traditional stores and specialty shops still provide choice silk goods, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks.

People's Square
People's Square is a vast public square surrounded by government buildings. Truly an urban park, it features manicured greenery and, at its heart, the architecturally impressive Shanghai Museum. Other features include a 320-square-meter water fountain, subway station and an underground shopping mall. Prior to 1949, People's Square was a part of the horseracing course of Shanghai. After gambling and horseracing were banned by the the Communist government, a part of the race course became the People's Square, which included a large avenue and spectator stands for use during parades. Other parts of the race course still remain today. The clubhouse buildings became the Shanghai Art Museum, while part of the race track became People's Park, a public park. In the 1990s, major changes were made to the square. The Shanghai Municipal Government was moved from the former HSBC Building, and the Shanghai Museum was also moved away from its previous site in a former office building. More recent additions include the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.

Shanghai Museum
Located in the center of Shanghai in People's Square, Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. Its rich and high-quality collection of 120,000 precious works of art including ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. The museum is a distinguished architectural combination of traditional culture and modern spirit, making it unique among many museums in the world. Covering a total area of 39,200 square meters, with a height of 29.5m, the round celestial dome and the square earth base which symbolize the philosophy of a spherical heaven and a square earth, form an extraordinary visual effect. The Shanghai Museum is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. The eleven Galleries cover most of the major categories of Chinese art: ancient bronze, ancient veramics, paintings, calligraphy, ancient sculpture, ancient jade, coins, Ming and Qing furniture, seals and Minority Nationalities.

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