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Fuxing Park

Anyone of Shanghai’s parks is worthy of a visit, but this one has the advantage of being central. The best time to visit is around 7 am when hundreds, perhaps thousands, of locals gather for their daily exercise. Solitary old men practice t’ai chi formations of well-coiffed women dance with fans or spin through a waltz or three. The energy pulses through aerobic routines or the flying leaps of a sword dance - while others simply sit around and watch their caged birds sing.
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Jin Mao Tower

It’s the view you’re going for: on a clear day, Jin Mao Tower offers incredible 360 degree panoramas across the city. It’s 88 storeys high it’s located at number 88 - had you guessed that eight is a lucky number for the Chinese? There are offices up to the 50th floor, then the Grand Hyatt hotel from floors 53 to 87. A public observation deck is located on the top floor. Otherwise, forget the lucky numbers and go for a drink at the Grand Hyatt’s Cloud 9 bar, just one storey below.
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Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

This museum provides far more than pictures, comments and exhibits behind the windows. It is very kid-friendly in that vivid experience is incorporated into lifeless scientific and technological theories. Here one can learn the structure of the crust by travelling hundreds of meters down the surface of the earth, learn the diversity of creatures by taking a stroll through rainforests and desserts, learn the theory of gravity by riding a bicycle on a steel string hanging in the air, and the like. In short, it has plenty of interesting activities to keep your kids there a whole day without feeling tired.
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Urban Planning Museum

It may sound a little weird, but this place is fascinating. There are photographic exhibitions of Shanghai old and new, but the pièce de résistance is a huge, fantastically detailed model of the way Shanghai will look in the decades to come.
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Shanghai Museum

The Urban Planning Museum features the future, while the Shanghai Museum provides a glimpse into the past. Outstanding displays of 120,000 pieces including ancient Chinese ceramics, bronzes and paintings fill this five-storey space.
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If you fly into Shanghai’s international airport in Pudong, be sure to take the Maglev into town rather than a taxi. And if you arrive in China by other means, you’d better make a special trip. The Maglev is China’s futuristic magnetic levitation train and the fastest ride in its technological repertoire. The journey only lasts a few minutes, but during that time the train reaches a top speed of 430 kilometres per hour.
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Yu Garden

Covering an area of merely two acres, Yu Garden embodies the quintessence of classical ancient Chinese gardens south to the Yangtze River – creation of maximum out of minimum. While it takes a familiar person only five minutes to walk from the entrance to the exit, most first-time visitors find themselves lost in this little paradise with fish ponds, rockeries, plants, bridges, and buildings of various types arranged along zigzag paths. The ingenious use of Chinese gardening art in combination with the garden’s 400-plus years’ history makes Yu Garden one of the most popular tourist attractions in Shanghai.
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Xintiandi literally means “new heaven and earth”. It’s a new landmark of Shanghai developed in the late 1990s. In order to improve the living conditions of local people, the majority of Shanghai old style Shikumen houses were replaced with new apartment buildings. Some people were worried that this traditional local house type might disappear one day, so the government decided to maintain some as a cultural heritage. This area has been developed into a major western-style dining place.
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