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4 Top Activities in Shanghai
By:Thom Sanders

Over recent years China has seen quite some growth as a travel destination with the city of Shanghai being just one of those popular destinations. Shanghai holidays offer a bewildering range of places to visit and this article looks at a few of the top must see locations while you're staying in Shanghai.

1) The Yu Garden & Bazaar

The Yu Garden area makes for a fun day out and an intriguing area to explore. These beautiful gardens and streets have been created in a traditional Chinese style, featuring classical architecture and layouts. From the curve of the tiled building eaves to the traditional plants and water features of the gardens, this location truly makes it feel like you've landed in China. Delving deeper into the winding lanes and alleys you can find all sorts of little shops and you can follow that up with tea at the Huxingting Tea House.

2) Skyscrapers - A Top Down View

Nothing can give you a feel for a city quite like seeing it from above, and the Shanghai World Financial Centre provides this fantastic opportunity. At 101 floors its Shanghai's tallest building and features many viewing platforms on the upper floors that afford a breath-taking view of the city below. If you're looking for something a little cheaper though then next door is the 88 floor Jin Mao building, not quite the same view but you can enjoy the little café and bars in this building while soaking up the view.

3) The French Concession

The French Concession provides a sense of privacy, which can be in short supply in a city packed full of so many people, with its peaceful atmosphere and quiet streets. The lanes themselves are lined with beautiful French plane trees, some of which are well over 100 years old, and they feature a whole collection of little shops and picturesque houses that makes this area feel like a small neighbourhood in a big city.

4) Dongtai Road

Finally a trip to Shanghai city wouldn't be complete without visiting the magical Dongtai Road. It's a street packed with shops selling antiques and other small curios. The road features many shops selling the usual tourist tat but look a little deeper and you'll find all sorts of lovely items, from art-deco lamps to Cultural Revolution memorabilia, from beautiful old books to tiny antique teapots there really is something for everyone.

Wendy Wu Tours offers a range of unforgettable Shanghai holidays on their own or as part of larger China holidays. http://www.wendywutours.co.uk/

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