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Pudong

This futuristic district epitomises 'New Shanghai' and cements its place in the global economy.

TravelCurious Tip

Take the magnetic-levitation train from the airport to Pudong. It was the first of its kind and hits 430km/hr! Buckle up.

Pudong has utterly transformed over the last twenty years, in a way perhaps only China’s cities can. Not long ago the area was mainly farmland with the odd warehouse and wharf on the bank of the Huangpu River. But in 1993 the Chinese government declared it a Special Economic Zone and everything changed: now Pudong is a financial hub of modern China and the most populous district of Shanghai.


Pudong in fact now dominates Shanghai’s skyline. It is home to some landmark steel and glass constructions, including the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Building, and the dizzying Shanghai World Financial Centre, which stands 494 metres tall. But all that pales in comparison with the Shanghai Tower that comes in at 565.6 metres. Be sure to visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, where you can enjoy views of the city from any of its fifteen observatory levels.


Back at ground level, Pudong is also home to Century Park, Shanghai’s largest. It’s a welcome bit of nature and green in a district that is all new and shiny, and its also just a brief walk from the city’s Science and Technology Museum. Meanwhile, along Century Boulevard there are also eight botanical gardens dedicated to Chinese trees such as Cherry, Chinese Redbud, and Willow, and the city’s aquarium and natural history museum add to the representatives of the animal kingdom, albeit in a perfectly manicured way.

Nearby Attractions

See all attractions in Shanghai
Old Town Shanghai
Situated inside Shanghai's ancient walled city, it is at least 1000 years old and bursting with history.
Old City God Temple
Built to protect the people, the gods here are regarded as patron saints in Taoism.
Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar
Visit the garden then get lost in the bustling bazaar where vendors sell their wares in hidden lanes.
The Bund
As the city's stand out landmark, this remarkable waterfront is perfect for strolling and people-watching.
Anren Street
Stroll through the few remaining laneway houses and see traditional community living that is fast disappearing.
Flower and Bird Market
This is where locals go to buy turtles, fish and flowers and it is one of few traditional markets left.

Related Tours

Highlights of Shanghai: Private full day tour including Tickets & Transport
Experience all the major highlights of Shanghai on this all-inclusive, full-day private tour. On your private full-day tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide.
  • Commence your tour at the iconic Jade Buddha Temple, with entrance tickets included
  • Take in the tranquil surroundings by People's Square
  • Venture through the atmospheric Shanghai Old Town.
  • Visit the beautiful Yuyuan Garden (tickets included).
  • Enter the revered Old City of God Temple (tickets included).
  • Learn about Shanghai in the 21st century, at Tianzifang.
  • Walk along the picturesque Bund.
  • Enjoy a ferry ride across the Huangpu River to the futuristic Pudong on the east.
  • End at the iconic Television Tower.
Known as the ‘Paris of the Orient, Shanghai is steeped in culture, history, and glamour in equal measure. Throughout the day, you’ll see the architectural marvels of the city, and learn all about its cultural heritage, its history, its religion, and its contemporary daily life. 

Your day begins at the famous Jade Buddha Temple, home to a priceless collection of jade statues. The temple is designed in the breathtaking architectural style of the Song Dynasty and is the headquarters of the Shanghai Buddhist Institute. Your guide will then continue on to People’s Square. This beautiful green space is a hub of activity and is surrounded by monuments and museums. 

Next, your private guide will take you to Shanghai Old Town and the enchanting Yuyuan Garden. You will see the old-style buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasty and have the chance to stop and try delicious local delicacies recommended by your guide. You will also visit the revered Old City of God Temple and learn about its statues in Taoism.

Move on from the traditional and learn more about Shanghai’s present as you head down to the exciting Tianzifang - the ‘Soho of Shanghai’. Walk along with the most famous landmark, the Bund. From this beautiful waterfront, enjoy a perfect end to your day as you take a ferry ride across the Huangpu River to the futuristic Pudong on the east shore. There your guide will orient you around the area and take you to the distinctive Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower, where the tour ends, allowing you to enjoy free time in the Pudong area, with the glorious views over the river towards the Bund. 
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