A city of mirrored towers, a city of museums, a city of finance and global transport; Shanghai, China, is all of these things and more. The most populous city in the world has become one of the great global metropolises of the 21st century. Spend your day immersed in China’s history in the Shanghai Museum, or go shopping in the French Concession, and don’t forget to look up at the dazzling 121-storey China Tower. Amazement waits around every corner!
Ancient Chinese Pageantry: Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair
Celebrated each Spring, on the third day of the third month of the Chinese calendar, the Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair is an ancient celebration. The city’s largest traditional temple fair is something you really don’t want to miss. Colourful folk costumes abound, along with traditional dances and other performances, all taking place around the beautiful Longhua Temple. You can mingle among the crowd, taste the local delicacies, and even try learning some martial arts at the festival. This special event is definitely one of the highlights of the season.
Bugging Out: Shanghai Insect Market
If you want to see something truly unusual in Shanghai, here’s your chance. Crickets, turtles, frogs and all manner of birds are on display and for sale at a curiosity whose full name is actually the Flower, Bird, Fish, & Insect Market. This definitely isn’t the place to go for peace and quiet! The constant buzzing and chirping is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. And it’s definitely not a place for the squeamish, either. Be adventurous and take the plunge. You’ll be amazed by what you see here. Don’t forget your camera!
Bridge to the Past: Fengjing Water Town
Of all the magnificent ancient water towns around Shanghai, Fengjing is the largest and best preserved. The town has 52 bridges extending over its network of waterways, and the oldest bridge dates back over 700 years. The town itself was founded 1,500 years ago and you can feel its history in the winding streets and ancient buildings, temples and tea shops. Sample the celebrated local delicacies, which include yellow wine and Zhuangyuan rice cake, and stroll by the canals at night as red lanterns light up the houses, creating an unforgettable atmosphere.