Shanghai is a very exotic destination, and perhaps a bit unusual for those who live on the other side of the world, but it’s so culturally rich and entertaining that you will feel you need more time to get to know every one of its many attractions.
And we are not exaggerating when we say that Shanghai is a spectacular place; a city where the old and the modern create a contrast beyond imagining. If in the morning you find yourself among colorful buildings, temples and gardens where you can take a moment for reflection, you will undoubtedly be in the famous Old City, the historical zone of Shanghai and the epicenter of traditional Chinese culture. A perfect place to have a relaxing tea, enjoying its health benefits.
A few hours later, you may find yourself at the top of an impossibly tall skyscraper, almost literally touching the clouds and contemplating the enormous city in its splendor, illuminated like a giant lantern in the middle of the night. Now you are in the Pudong area, the futuristic side of the city that the visitor encounters when leaving the picturesque Old City.
And in the midst of the festive atmosphere sparked by the constant struggle between tradition and modernity, one can find green spaces where it’s possible to relax while listening to little more than the sound of water running through streams. And speaking of green spaces, a good place to visit is Fuxing Park, where you can escape for some rest and relaxation during your visit to Shanghai.
The park, which dates from the early twentieth century, is located in the former French Concession of Shanghai, and is a perfect example of the coexistence of classical elements of Chinese culture with memories of the gardens of Versailles. Apart from taking it easy while enjoying the tranquility of this enchanting place, in Fuxing Park you can visit the Flower Mattress, the Lotus Pond and the Flower Carpet, three spectacular environments full of flowers, colors and aromas.
As you can see, in Shanghai you can have it all: from the traditional Chinese culture of the Old City, to the modern business center in Pudong, without overlooking its immense gardens, those green spaces where you can lose yourself while strolling during your hours of leisure. Do you need any more reasons to embark on your next Asian adventure?
Photo | Artem Bali