Reace: 

 Hello everyone and welcome back to Magnolia On Mic. I am Reace, and today I’ll be giving you some recommendations of places to visit within Shanghai, as well as some of my personal stories of traveling within the great city of Shanghai. Some of the recommendations I will be giving you are tourist attractions and have many tourists going there during the summer as well as during the non-summer months.

However, they are classics and they are very beautiful, um, and have many new and exciting experiences. So my first recommendation is going to be the Oriental Pearl Tower, which is like Paris’s Eiffel Tower, but of Shanghai. Um, As a verbal description, it looks like they took a needle and pierced a pearl.

Um, which kind of give, its given its name sounds correct, the Oriental Pearl Tower. Um, there is a restaurant in this tower and it is massive. It’s beautiful. It has a purple hue on the actual pearl part of the tower at night. It’s gorgeous. It shoots off laser beams of light into the sky, which make it really beautiful.

And it’s also surrounded by other beautiful skyscrapers and once viewed from across the Huangpu River on the bun. It is also a wonderful, wonderful, um, picturesque site where you can take pictures in front of it, um, as well as there’s another building next to it that says, I love Shanghai. Most of the time it will be displayed up there.

Um, Which I really also recommend going to the bund, which is across from the Oriental Pearl Tower. Um, what separates the two is actually the Huangpu River, and it’s very beautiful to see cruise ships and, uh, cargo ships and all these different freight ships going across the Huangpu River At night or in the daytime, you can take, uh, A tourist boat along the HuangPu River.

Um, and you can buy those and purchase those at the bund. Um, the bun is a blanket term for a specific area. Um, Um, one part of the bund is this huge, uh, sidewalk slash pavement area, which is on the co on the back end and or front end of the Huangpu River where you can actually take pictures and view the Oriental Pearl Tower with great views.

Great, um, picture quality, everything else, but behind that is traditional. Uh, what we’d consider more European looking buildings, French concession looking buildings, um, as there was a big French concession in Shanghai and a French presence as well as other European presence. Okay.

Within these European based buildings are multiple stores, especially on Nanjing Road specifically. They have commercial stores as well as local vendors, um, stores such as Gucci, Nike, Adidas, Louis Vuitton, some other local Chinese brands, such as the Chinese phone brand, Huawei, and an Apple store as well.

They also hold more local vendors, which sell knockoff luxury brands. Uh, more traditional Chinese clothing, old clothing, kind of like a thrift store type setting. Um, all within multi-level stores as well as many cultural food places, vendors, restaurants, Western food, Indian food, Korean food, Chinese food, et cetera.

All of them are within this strip, within this walking mall based area as well as toy stores and popular drink stores as well. And outside of this area, I also recommend going to some more outdoorsy or traditional Chinese settings. Get some history in and some traditional Chinese architecture, this can be found at YuGarden.

For example, Yu Garden and Jing’an Temple. So Yu Garden is actually a really beautiful place to go. There is a more museum based area and more of a shopping based area. So within the museum based area, um, you go in and you walk into a traditional, uh, what I would consider a homestead almost. Many people have lived there.

Different people throughout different points in time have lived there, important people within Chinese history. Um, and now it is open to public through, um, a museum-like setting and it’s a walkthrough setting and it’s all preserved really well. It’s all beautiful, traditional, ancient Chinese architecture as well as a really well kept garden scene within and outside of it.

So that will take, however, I believe it took me and my group 30 to 45 minutes plus a little bit of like walking around time. Once you leave the actual guided tour and or museum part of it, you enter, um, the pavilion or the marketplace as I would consider it. It’s where the actual, uh, garden is, where the water and the lily ponds and has koi fish and, um, has all these marketplaces and all these storefronts with really good food, um, traditional clothing stores.

Um, Jewelry stores, et cetera, et cetera, candy stores. One of the things that I really enjoyed was during Chinese New Year, they have a huge lantern set up, a huge display of gorgeous, beautiful lanterns, all in multiple shapes. Um, some of them in traditional mythical creatures such as dragons or Qilin.

Or, you know, all these different mythical creatures and or just regular creatures such as bunnies or pigs or whatever the animal of the year is at that point for Chinese New Year, uh, for the Zodiac and everything. Um, and alongside that, I also recommend On Temple, which is gorgeous and has a lot of its own unique traits, and it’s also surrounded by many malls.

Um, so it’s an area where you can spend a whole day, you can spend your day Jing’an temple as well as it’s surrounding areas with the malls. Different little cafes and bars and other little street alleyways that have really unique art galleries and. Everything within that subset subgenre of Shanghai.

So I believe that those two places kind of get you out of your, out of your normal of seeing shopping malls and big cities and crowded areas. This really gets you out of that mindset altogether and alongside getting out of that typical mindset of the big city life and everything. I also recommend going to Tianzifang.

I probably said that wrong. But this area is really well known for its little alleyways. It’s a really crafty and artsy area, has very very cute alleyways, tons of plants, tons of different little shops and cafes. It’s a really good place for pictures if you’re really into scenery based pictures, and it’s another good way to.

Talk to locals and kind of do more of a one-on-one rather than having such a commercial, um, experience per se. Um, it allows you to try new foods, more local foods, homemade foods, as there’s lots of little vendors, a lot of family owned businesses and small shops, which are really nice to go into, try homemade family-based recipes, try Shanghai food.

There’s a few really good places down there that I often found. Tasted pretty authentic based on what my Shanghai friends said. Um, and then going back into kind of that local, traditional, uh, feeling of Shanghai. I also recommend going to Tel, uh, old Street. This is a really great place for seeing the old ways of Shanghai.

It’s set up as Old Streets. Were in Shanghai. Has old vendors, old recipes, uh, more ancient and or vintage areas such as, um, I went to a really cool. What I would consider antique shop. However, it just had all these knickknacks that this older family was trying to sell, um, what used to fill their house and they were now selling them.

And it was all really beautiful like jewelry and, uh, China, like old porcelain China and all these little knickknacks that they were getting rid of. Um, and I thought that was really cool and cute. Traditional recipes. I had some really good, uh, I believe it was, I had pig’s foot there, which was actually really good.

And another dish, which I cannot remember the name of it, uh, but it also tastes really good. It was this flaky bread crust with chives and some kind of sweet paste.On the inside. It tasted really good though. It also had a lot of old buildings there as well as old towers old, uh, one of the older Christian churches that were introduced there.

As well as a small Buddhist temple. It was nothing large and it wasn’t very old compared to some other Buddhist temples, but it was very cute and very quaint. As well as really cool to just go look inside there and kind of pray in front of some of the Buddhist temples or uh, Buddhist statues.

And then kind of weaning away from that, getting a little bit outside of. Uh, the main point, the city center of Shanghai. We also have Century Park, which is really nice if you just wanna take a stroll. And kind of get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. And allows you to kind of experience the family life of Shanghai, experience, how families get away from the city experience, how they go camping and have picnics and you can experience having fresh roasted nuts there and taking, um, oh, what is it called?

Like the three. Like the not tricycle, like the, where you sit, three people on a bicycle and you go, yeah, that thing, I can’t remember the name of it. But it’s really fun to experience that with your friends and you can go and play badminton and volleyball and soccer and everything else and just enjoy a good time with your family or your friends of whichever one.

And it’s just a nice getaway. And another thing out, kind of outside of the city center of um, Shanghai is of course Disneyland. Everybody wants to experience Shanghai, Disneyland at least once. Um, I believe that it was, although it was kind of remotely similar to the Disneyland in California, I did believe that it was a different experience as the food there is different when you go to the eating halls and everything is spoken in Chinese and has different voices and voice actors, um, So, and even the parade itself with all of the floats and everything was vastly different.

So I enjoyed that experience a lot. It was nice just to see something that’s worldwide and loved, kind of everywhere, put into a different cultural experience per se. And then outside of Shanghai, I. Kind of wanted to give a few recommendations of places that you can go fairly quickly within an hour or two.

That would also be nice to visit once you’ve gone to all of these places, or if you just want, uh, a different, a different place to go that isn’t Shanghai. Maybe to get away from Shanghai and experience some other part of China, but still be relatively close. So I recommend going to Hangzhou or Suzhou.

So I went to Hung Jo just before I left, And I loved it there. I experienced Westlake, which is almost in my opinion, like Century Park, but has a really beautiful lake right in between it and it has tons of old architecture and traditional Chinese buildings surrounding it. As well as a few gardens that are surrounded there that have flower blossoming trees and there’s plenty of Buddhist temples that you can hike up too.

So if you’re a really outdoorsy person and like hiking, you can go and explore, uh, temples high on mountain faces and experience that as well as get a nice hiking and get some nature in as well. And also Suzhou, I fairly recommend the culture part of. Suzhou and everything, like the food and you know, all of these different aspects to Suzhou that I relatively loved when I went.

Yeah. And that’s all I have today. Thank you for listening in to Magnolia On Mic, and I hope you enjoy your time in Shanghai.