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Shanghai Travel Guide

China's largest commercial and industrial city, Shanghai maintains trade relations with more than 100 countries and regions in the world. Its best known shopping district, Nanjing Road, runs across the city from west to east lined with department stores and a variety of other stores whose windows display a colourful range of Chinese goods.

Yuyuan Garden, a historical traditional garden in the southern part of the city, features towers, halls, pavilions and terraces arranged within a limited space. A Ming Dynasty sculptured rock hill is 12 metres high made of 2,000 tons of yellow Wukang rocks.

Also inside the city on Anyuan Road stands the Jade Buddha Temple built in 1882. The temple is encircled by a yellow wall. Monk Huigen from Putuo Hill, an island in East China Sea, set out from Mount Wutai in Shanxi Province, passed Mount Emei in Sichuan Province and Tibet to get Buddhist scriptures from Burma. He brought back five jade Buddha statues, two of which one sitting, the other reclining-he left in Shanghai on his way to Putuo. Mork Huigen also helped collect funds to construct the temple.

The Longhua Pagoda, Longhua Temple, Square Pagoda of Songjiang, Ancient Ripple Garden, Dragon Pool at Jiading and the Confucius Temple are also of interest.

Shanghai's some 40 parks include the Sun Yat-sen Park, formerly called Zhaofeng Park, People's Park known for its four gardens (peony garden, rose garden, cherry garden and peach garden) built on the former racecourse in central Shanghai; the Changfeng Park built in 1959 covering an area of over 30 hectares, at least 10 hectares of which is water surface; the Shanghai Zoo which is one of the largest in China covering some 70 hectares of land and houses the giant panda, golden monkey, red-crowned crane, Northeast China tiger, white-lipped deer, takin and many other rare animals and birds; and Shanghai Botanical Gardens distinguished for its cultivation of potted bonsai landscapes.

Visitors may also like to see the site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the former residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great forerunner of the Chinese revolution, the Soong Ching Ling Mausoleum, the residence and mausoleum of the great Chinese writer Lu Xun, the Shanghai Industrial Exhibition, the Shanghai Fine Arts Research Centre and the Shanghai Museum.

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