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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

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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

Private Full Day Tour of Shanghai
Known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, Shanghai is steeped in culture, history and glamour in equal measure. Get to the heart of this fascinating city in our best of Shanghai full day tour.

  • Commence your tour at the iconic Jade Buddha Temple 
  • Take in your tranquil surroundings by People's Square 
  • Venture through Shanghai Old Town, and get lost in Yuyuan Garden 
  • Visit the revered Old City of God Temple 
  • 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
Temple, Museum and The Square

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 base of the Shanghai Buddhist Institute. Continue on to People’s Square. This beautiful green spacer is a hub of daily activity and you will be surrounded by other well-known attractions, such as the great Shanghai Museum. 

Old Shanghai

Your adventure moves on 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 status in Taoism.

Shanghai Today

Move on the from the traditional and learn more about Shanghai’s present as you head down to the exciting Tianzifang - the ‘Soho of Shanghai’. Then walk along 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. 
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