As the years go by, Shanghai is constantly changing. New malls, restaurants, nightclubs, and theme parks are being constructed while the places that seem obsolete are being forgotten. Shanghai has transformed into the model for 21st century China in less than ten years. Tourists from foreign countries will find Shanghai much different from other major Chinese cities. Shanghai offers an atmosphere that is comprised of both the traditional Chinese culture and the modern Western culture. Tall skyscrapers in the east side of the city overlook the classical architecture and ancient buildings of the west side. This mixture of Chinese and western culture provides tourists with a wide variety of experiences.
Shanghai World Financial Center: There is no other place in Shanghai than the
top floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center for an excellent overview of
the city. It takes approximately one minute from the first floor to the 95th
floor by elevator with a speed of ten meters per second. In the 100th viewing
pavilion, visitors can see the peak of Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao
Tower. In the 55 meters long viewing gallery, visitors can see the moving cars
and passerby clearly through three transparent glass floors. The observation
bridge at the top of the building is the highest outdoor observation deck in
the world. This tower has 104 floors (101 floors above ground level and 3
floors underground) and it stands at a height of 492 meters. It is currently
the fourth-tallest building in the world.
Jin Mao Tower: Jin Mao Tower is the second tallest building in mainland China and the thirteenth tallest building in the world. It is located in the center of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong. The tower has 88 floors and stands at a height of 421 meters. The Jin Mao Tower is combined with the elements of traditional Chinese culture with the newest architectural styles at the time, which makes Jin Mao Tower one of the best-constructed buildings in China. The 53rd to 87th floors are reserved for the deluxe Grand Hyatt Hotel of which, the 86th floor houses a club exclusive for the hotel guests and the 87th floor lodges the hotel restaurant. The 88th floor is reserved for the tower's observation deck, which can hold 1000 people at any one time.
Oriental Pearl Tower: The Oriental Pearl Tower is located in Lujiazui, Pudong and it is surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest. The Oriental Pearl Tower stands at a height of 468 meters, but its height is not the only outstanding factor. Even more fascinating than its height is the tower's unique architectural design that makes the Oriental Pearl TV Tower one of the most attractive places anywhere. There are three large spheres that serve as observation decks, then there are five smaller spheres and three decorative spheres on the tower base. The Oriental Pearl Tower rests on rich green grassland and the entire
structure is supposed to represent pearls shining on a jade plate.
Xintiandi: Tourists and locals alike walk along the streets of Xintiandi day and night. Xintiandi is divided into the North and South Blocks. The South Block is more modern and one of Chinaâ€™s first major shopping centers lies there. The North Block provides the old shikumen architectural style in contrast to the modern style of the South Block. Some of the shikumen houses now serve as book stores, cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends and it is considered as one of the first lifestyle centers in China. Xintiandi is also the location of the first congress of the Chinese Communist Party.