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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