What to See & Do in Xian & Shanghai

For a China fan, Xian and Shanghai will be great choices to understand the past and future of China.

Xian is one of the oldest cities in China, and it’s the capital city of 13 dynasties in history. This city outlasting the rise and fall of dynasties displays an epitome of the past. While Shanghai, the most developed metropolis of China, is serving as a financial center of China. Many people are still hold the impression of that backward China. If you come to Shanghai, you will have a brand-new idea of the present and the future China.

In the following, we will introduce the highlights of Xian and Shanghai for your reference.

What to See in Xian

As we mentioned before, Xian was an ancient capital of China. The city was known as Chang’an before Ming dynasty. It had held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang and it was the starting point of the Silk Road. The long history of Xian makes it the home to many historical sites.

The most famous one is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and Terracotta Army. The mausoleum is the first and biggest emperor mausoleum in Chinese history, while the Terracotta army is famed as the “Eight Wonder of the World”. The Ancient City Wall represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda are both spectacular towers and both are existed over 1,000 year. Bell Tower and Drum Tower were built during the early Ming Dynasty and they are symbols of the city of Xian. Shaanxi History Museum condenses half of Chinese history and it deserves people’s carefully taste and study.

If you are a foodie, the must-go place for you is the Muslim Snack Street. You will get to know Xian’ food culture and can taste every local cuisine here.

Xian Featured Activities & Local Experience

The best seasons to visit Xian are Spring and Fall. Summer is too hot and Winter is normally foggy. It’s difficult to get a taxi in Xian, so you better choose public transportation. Tang Dynasty Show and the authentic Xian Dumpling Banquet are great choices to experience the ancient Xian culture and local resident life.

Terracotta Army

Terracotta Army

 

The Ancient City Wall

The Ancient City Wall

What to See in Shanghai

Traditional Chinese culture and western culture have joined together in Shanghai – this modernized international metropolis but yet not losing traditional Chinese features. Nowadays, Shanghai is the commercial and financial center of mainland China. Some people call Shanghai “Paris of the East”, but the other nickname – “Pearl of the Orient” may describe Shanghai better. Profound cultural heritage, numerous historical monuments, giant skyscrapers and prosperous economy have made Shanghai a beautiful and dazzling pearl of the Far East.

The most famous place in Shanghai is the Bund. Some people say: “the story of The Bund is the story of Shanghai”. The Bund was once the location of foreign concession. 52 different style buildings of Gothic, Romanesque, baroque and other styles, which are called Wanguo Building Complex, lie the west of the Bund. If you want to experience the charms and romance of this sleepless city, you must come to the Bund. The night view of the Bund will definitely on your trip list.

After you come to Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong district, you will finally understand how modern and prosperous Shanghai is. Almost all skyscrapers of Shanghai are standing in here. Include the famous Oriental Pearl Tower, the 88-storied Jinmao Tower and Global Finance Center. All of them have few observatories, and you can get a bird’s view of Shanghai from those observatories. Make sure the weather is good when you top on the observatory, or you will just see a vague Shanghai in the middle of mist.

If you are interested in Chinese classical garden architecture and design style, you must visit Yu Garden. This is a private garden dated back in Ming Dynasty. The garden is full of delicacy and elegance of Chinese style. Out of Yu Garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you could find many elaborating and lovely traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works. Near from the garden, there is an over 600-years old temple – the City God Temple. The temple is surrounded by over a hundred stores and shops. You can eat every Shanghai special snacks here.

Nanjing Road – Shanghai’s busiest shopping road is a great choice when you need to purchase. This is a shopper’s paradise. You can find the latest fashions, cutting edge, electronics and beautiful jewelry here. While if you are exhausted due to the sightseeing or shopping, you can get a rest at Xintiandi. Xintiandi is an affluent car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district. Wandering at Xintiandi, you will feel like you were in the 1920s or 1930s of Shanghai. However, when you walk into the stores, the modern inner decorations will give you a total different experience. The place is suitable for Petty Bourgeoisie, you can get yourself a total relax coffee time during your busy trip.

There are also many fun spots deserving your visit in Shanghai. The Madame Tussauds in Shanghai, you can get close to many “celebrities” here. In Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, you’ll witness how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village. History lovers won’t miss this center. The 1933 Old Millfun is favored by young artists. It’s the creative industry center in Shanghai. If you are looking for something new, may this place will give you some fresh ideas.

Many places, like Tianzi Lane, Jade Buddha Temple, Zhujiajiao Water Town, Fenjing Water Town, are also great choices for your Shanghai trip. So many things to do and see in Shanghai, so what are you waiting for? Just pack your stuff and come to explore this fascinating city!

Shanghai Featured Activities & Local Experience

Shanghai’s night view is extremely breathtaking, so don’t forget to bring your camera, SLRs is best. You could also take the sightseeing bus. It’s a double-decker bus and it will connect Nangjing Road, the Bund, People’s Square, Oriental Pearl Tower, Jinmao Tower and other sites together. Like Beijing has roast duck, Shanghai has the famous Nanxiang Steamed Meat Dumplings and Squirrel-Shaped Mandarin Fish. Take some time and try these cuisines, you won’t regret for that.

The Bund

The Bund

 

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

 

Yu Garden

Yu Garden

 

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road

 

Recommended Shanghai Xian Tours

Top 3 Shanghai Xian tours chosen by most customers to explore Shanghai Xian in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary,or tailor your own trip now with us.

Terra-Cotta Warriors
4 Days Shanghai Xian Overnight Train Tour

Shanghai / Xian

Shanghai Night
5 Days Shanghai Xian Contrast Tour (by Flight)

Shanghai / Xian

Biking Xian Ancient City Wall
5 Days Classic Xian Shanghai Tour (by Flight)

Xian / Shanghai

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