Shanghai tour with excursion Zhouzhuang (Venice of the orient)

May 6th, 2006

Day tour to Shanghai with excursions to Bund and Nanjing Road, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai museum, the Yuyuan gardens and the Jade Buddha Temple. The following day, a tour to the water city of Zhouzhuang (called also the Venice of the orient) follows.

Panoramic view of Shanghai, China, from Bund road
Picture of Shanghai skyline taken from Bund Road.

 

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China
More pictures of Shanghai showing the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the modern districts.

 

The congress palace, Shanghai, China
Photo of the palace of congresses in Shanghai.

 

Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China
Shopping in Shanghai The tour to Shanghai continues with a stroll along Nanjing Road, which is much more busy than usual, because of the holiday season in China.

 

Shanghai, China Shanghai at night, China
Shanghai pictures taken from the hotel where I've stayed, showing the same place during day and night.

 

Shanghai, China Shanghai, China
More Shanghai photos.

 

Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai, China
The next day, another Shanghai city tour starts with a visit to the Yuyuan gardens. The top-left picture shows the tree of the wishes (wishes are written on a red stripe, that is thrown on the tree: it is stays on the tree without falling, the wish may become true). Other pictures: before the garden's entrance.

 

Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai, China
Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai, China A bridge with a "zig-zag" shape and 9 vertex found at Yuyuan gardens.

 

Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai, China

 

Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai, China
More pictures of Yuyuan gardens taken during a day tour in Shanghai.

 

Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai, China Yuyuan gardens, Shanghai, China

 

Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China
Where is located the tallest TV tower in Asia? My Shanghai tour continues visiting the Oriental Pearl TV Tower which, with its 468 meters of height, is the world's third tallest TV tower and Asia's highest (at least, while I'm writing this trip review in 2006)

 

View from Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China View from Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China
Photos of Shanghai taken from the top of Oriental Pearl TV Tower. I take the elevator to an observation deck at 263 meters of altitude, from where I take these pictures..

 

Shanghai Museums, China
Where is located the most beautiful museum in China? The day in Shanghai continues with a visit to the Shanghai Museums, the most important and biggest museum in China. The halls are distributed on 4 huge floors.

 

Shanghai Museums, China
Shanghai Museums, China
Shanghai Museums, China Pictures from Shanghai Museum: some beautiful ancient jade items (there are hundreds, or maybe thousands of them inside the museum).

 

The art gallery at the Shanghai Museum.

 

Shanghai Museums, China
Some pottery.


 

Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China
The day tour in Shanghai finishes with a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. The highlight of this temple, is the 2 meters tall Buddha statue, entirely made in jade (no picture permitted). There is also a smaller jade statue, with a replication in marble, for with it was permitted to photograph.

 

Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China
Photos of Jade Buddha Temple. Inside the temple, there are some beautiful bronze statue.

 

Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China
On the right: one of the original jade statue and, above, the bigger replication in marble.

 

Water town of Zhouzhuang, China Water town of Zhouzhuang, China
The following day, I make a full day excursion to the water town of Zhouzhuang. It is a nice town about 1000 years old, but perhaps too commercial now. It is often called the Venice of the Orient or the Venice of China, because of the many water channel everywhere in the city, resembling the famous city in Italy.

 

Water town of Zhouzhuang, China
Picture of Zhouzhuang (the Venice of the Orient)

 

The Venice of China The Venice of China
The Venice of China
Water city in China Water city in China
Are there cities in the world that look like Venice? Yes, Zhouzhuang can be a nice example, although it lacks the beautiful and timeless arts that you can find only in the "original" Venice in Italy.

 

Water city in China
Photo of Zhouzhuang.

 

The narrow streets of the old Zhouzhuang town.


 

During my day tour to Zhouzhuang, it was also possible to visit some cottage that was the home of the most important and reach people, like for example the Shen.

 

 

A view on the roof and on a bridge.


 

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