October 5, 2009
The Oriental Pearl Tower stands by the bank of Huangpu River. It is in the centre of Lujiazui, opposite to the Bund which is famous for its grand buildings of various architectural styles. The tower is 468 metres high. It is the highest TV Tower in Asia and is the third highest one in the world. The designers magically set the eleven beautiful spheres of various sizes up from the green grassland to the blue sky with two giant spheres shining like two rubies. The whole design is rich in poetic and pictorial splendor., which gives the tourists the impression that pearls of Various sizes are dropping onto the emerald plate.
The Oriental Pearl Tower consists of three big columns which are 9 metres in diameter, the space module, the upper sphere, the lower sphere, five small spheres, tower base and the square. In the tower, there is a double-decked elevator which can hold fifty people at a time and two speed elevator which can run at speed of 7 metres second. These two elevators are the only ones of their kinds in China. The tower is equipped with three-dimensional lighting installation, which makes the whole tower very colourful and beautiful. 

The sight-seeing floor in the brilliant upper sphere is 263 metres high and 45 metres in diameter. It is the best place to get a bird’s-eye view of Shanghai. When it is sunny, it is really relaxed and happy to have the distant views of the Sheshan, the Chongming Island and the Changjiang River. In the upper sphere, there are also the Revoloing Restaurant, the Disco Hall, the Piano Bar (which are 267 metres high) and twenty KTV rooms (which are 271 metre high), The Restaurant revolves one circle an hour.The Space module, which towers into the sky, has Sight-seeing Floor, Conference Hall and Coffee Bar in it. They are at the height of 350 metres. They are elegant and luxurious, enjoying exceptional advantages.

The Oriental Pearl Science Fantasy World has many wonderful and exciting entertainment items for both the young and the old.

The entertainment list includes Journey through the Forest Trip on the South Pole, Travel in the Fancies, Diney Theatre, Laser Theatre, Bliss Square, Three-dimensional Movie and Hot Balloon. The Oriental Pearl Emporium Super-store Co., Ltd has an area of 18,000 square metres. It sells clothes, arts and crafts products, gold and silver articles, leather goods and foods. The tourists can have the fun of going shopping and tasting various foods while they are having the sight-seeing.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is a multifunctional body with sight-seeing. restaurant, shopping, entertainment, hotel, radio and TV transmissions. It has already become one of the symbolic buildings and tourism resorts in Shanghai and it is honoured as one of the ten best views in Shanghai.

The Oriental Pearl Tower welcomes friends from all over the world . We will try our best to offer the best service for the friends from all over the world.

 

October 5, 2009

“With a natural scenery of little bridges spanning bubbling streams and there are the original Ming Qing Dynasty streets”, Zhujiajiao, where market had already formed during the Song and Yuan Dynasty, was officially set up as a town during Emperor Wanli`s reign of the Ming Dynasty, Another name for Zhujiajio is Pearl Streets Pavilion and has also been given a nice name, the Peal Stream, The town occupies an area of 47 sq.km.It is crisscrossed by rivers and canals, with 9 long streets running along the rivers and thousand of buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture flanking both sides. There are 36 ancient stone bridges, among these there’s a first 5stone-arched brige in shanghai called “Fangsheng Brige ” or “Setting-free Bridge ”. There are prosperous long streets and zigzagging lanes. Among these , Great North Street boasts “a mile-long road with a thousand shops”, KeZhi Garden is representative of the archrecture of rich families in south of Yangtze River, the Memorial Hall of Wang Chang one of the “Seven Scholars” of the Qing Dynasty, No 1 Tea House is very famous in south of the Yangtze River. The ancient streets paved with stone slabs, deep and quiet alleyways, arched stone bridges, little creaking boats all express the beauty of water in the ancient town of Zhujiajiao The antiquity of the bridges, the rareness of the streets and the seclusion of the alleyways all present you a scene of “boats sailing on the water and people touring in painting”.
The traditional special native produce are rose-flavored fermented bean curd, fried gluten, dark-rice zongzi dumpling, meat wrapped in leaves, roast soybeans, wood carving knit ware, stone carving, roast soy beans, and pork meat zongzi. In autumn, people can have taste of the fresh water crabs form Dianshan Lake.

 

 

 

August 26, 2009

Located in the city center, running in a west-east direction., Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai,  and is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets.  Road comprises two sections, Nanjing Road East and Nanjing Road West.  Nanjing Road East is a pedestrianised street.

 

August 26, 2009

Shanghai literally means the city by the sea. Shanghai is situated at 31o14′ north latitude and 121° 29’east longitude, on the west shore of the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered on the north and west by Jiangsu Province , on the south by Zhejiang Province, and on the east by the East China Sea . Right in the middle of China’s east coastline.  Shanghai is an excellent sea and river port, boasting easy access to the vast hinterland. Shanghai occupies a total area of 6,341sq.km. with a total resident population of 16,000,000.  The city is divided into two parts by the Huangpu River: Puxi (west of the Huangpu River) and Pudong (east of the Huangpu River). Puxi is the older part of the city and hosts the majority of shops, restaurants and museums. Pudong is the modern part, and is recognized for its rather unusual yet extremely impressive high-rises such as Shanghai’s tallest buildings, the Shanghai International Financial Center, Jinmao Building and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.  Located on China’s central eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality of the People’s Republic of Chinawith province-level status.
Originally a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew to importance in the 19th century due to its favorable port location. The city flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became a multinational hub of finance and business since  then.
The city is an emerging tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and the Yuyuan Garden, its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the Oriental Pearl Tower, and its new reputation as a cosmopolitan center of culture and design. Today, Shanghai is the largest center of commerce and finance in mainland China.
On Dec. 3, 2002, Shanghai succeeded in winning the bid for the sponsorship of World Expo 2010.

 

Climate
The best time to visit Shanghai is autumn. The temperature during this period is mild and rain is less likely than in spring and summer.
Shanghai’s weather is moderate (annual average temperature is about 15 degrees centigrade) and the seasons are not as distinct as in the North. Shanghai is characterized by a warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter. 
Shanghai receives abundant rainfall and the average annual precipitation is over 1000 cm. The “Plum Flower Rain” season (frequent light rain) is from from mid-June to early July with an average daily rainfall of 259 mm. During July and September, strong storms with torrential rain become frequent. However, it seldom snows in Shanghai.
Shanghai summers are hot and humid. July and August are Shanghai’s hottest months with average highs of 27.4 degrees centigrade.
In winter, January is the coldest month, with a temperature average of 3 degrees centigrade.
All in all, it is best to go prepared with light clothing in summer and warm, heavy clothing in winter. Also, always prepare for rain by keeping an umbrella, but most hotels can equip you with one if needed! 
 
Shanghai Temperature – Average Temperature ( ºC ) 
January February March April May June 
3.3 4.6 8.3 13.8 18.8 23.2 
July August September October November December 
27.9 23.8 23.8 17.9 12.5 6.2

 

August 26, 2009

 

The Bund is one of the symbols of Shanghai.Located along the Huangpu River, the Bund shows off Shanghai’s outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai’s answer to Wall Street. In the 1930s, the string of buildings hosted the city’s financial and commercial centers, and the world’s greatest banks and trading empires established a base here. 
“The Bund” was derived from the Anglo-Indian term that literally means “a muddy embankment.” At the beginning of the 19th century, the area was a mere shallow waterfront covered with reeds. 
At the northwestern end of the Bund was Huangpu Park (once called British Public Gardens). More of a pedestrian walkway than a conventional park, this area was also under the control of the Brits. It was forbidden territory to Chinese people for years, unless they were accompanying employers. Today, the park is free and open to everyone; it is a well-maintained walkway providing excellent views over the river to Pudong and down the river to the old Customs House and other colonial relics. 
On the west side of the Bund are various towering buildings of different architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque. The combination of these structures creates a unique boulevard that resembles the Liverpool Docks and 1920s New York City. 
Today, the Bund is in the process of another transformation. The building, identified by a crowing dome, is the old Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, which was completed in 1921. For many years it has housed the Shanghai People’s Municipal Government. The statues that once lined the Bund no longer exist. The pair of bronze lions that once stood outside the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank are now housed at the Bund History Museum.

August 26, 2009

  Originally built in 1882, the Jade Buddha Temple is located to the northwest of the city. There are two beautiful white Jade Buddha statues that were sculpted from a single piece of jade.
The Sitting Buddha measures 190 cm tall and portrays a meditating Buddha, while the Recumbent (Lucky Pose) Buddha is 96 cm long. The temple walls are covered with ancient paintings; and visitors can see more than 7,000 Buddhist Sanskrit in the temple’s many halls.

August 26, 2009

 

 

With a collection numbering 120,000 pieces, this museum specializes in ancient Chinese artworks ranging from painting and calligraphies to bronze works and porcelain, including priceless artifacts such as bronze wares from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, painted potteries from the Neolithic period, and glazed porcelain from the Tang Dynasty.
It exhibits sculptures from various dynasties from the Warring States period through to the Ming Dynasty. It also features various Buddhas that reflect the different techniques used through the dynasties. There is also a fascinating Chinese Coin Hall that displays more than 7,000 specimens, and an exhibition of Ming and Qing dynasty furniture.
The museum also displays the creations of China’s ethnic minority nationalities. There are literally thousands of fascinating articles that show the diversity of these ethnic groups and their cultures.

August 26, 2009

This Taoist temple is located to the south of Yan’an Road, on Fangbang Zhonglu. It is comprised of numerous elegantly decorated halls, including the Grand Hall, Yama Palace and the Xuzhen God Hall. It also has two beautiful gardens.
The temple was first built by a Ming Dynasty official named Zhangshouyue. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times many times during wars and periods of upheaval. The temple that stands today was built in 1926. The area around it is dotted with shops selling local specialties, jewelry and snacks.

 

 

August 26, 2009

 

 

Located in the center of the Old City, Yuyuan Garden is considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.  The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan, who spend about 20 years to build this garden to please his parent.The Garden occupies an area of 20,000 square meters (about five acres) dividing into six areas, namely:
However, the small size is not a representative of the attractions of the garden. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters in these areas  all have unique characteristics.
Garden areas are separated by “dragon walls” with undulating gray tiled ridges, each terminating in a dragon’s head.