With a population of over 20 million people, Shanghai is one of the largest and most exciting cities to visit in the world. Naturally, such a large city can become a little overwhelming and it is important to plan a few outings where you can relax and unwind on your trip to Shanghai.
Far away from the noise of Central Shanghai, the Yuyuan Gardens is one of the most relaxing and secluded places within Shanghai. Although less than five acres in total, this is a huge recreational area for central Shanghai, and a popular destination for the locals. While there are conflicting beliefs on the origins of the garden, most believe they were built by the Ming Dynasty more than four hundred years ago. With beautiful rocks, ponds and traditional Chinese plants covering the five acres, there are few places more beautiful in Shanghai.
Located in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower has become a landmark of Central Shanghai. More than 4 metres high, the tower is the highest in China and the third highest in the world. Every day the tower attracts thousands of people, climbing to see breathtaking views of Shanghai and relax in the world famous revolving tea house.
If revolving tea houses fail to relax you, it might be worth considering a few hours at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park. Although located around 35 kilometres from the centre of Shanghai, it is easily accessible by public transport.
Shanghai Wild Animal Park is home to more than ten thousand different animals from all over the world and some of these include rare species. Covering more than 153 hectares, Shanghai Wild Animal Park is so large that it can easily keep the family entertained for an entire day.
Just a few minutes from downtown Shanghai is the ancient spiritual district of Qibao. Unlike most of Shanghai, Qibao is free from noise, pollution, cars and much of the other distractions most major cities can bring. More than a thousand years old, the ancient town of Qibao provides a historical insight into what Shanghai and China were previously like. Here, the visitor can relax by the beautiful water lanes, enjoy traditional Chinese architecture and view the famous Chinese temples.
What's more, the area features some of the best traditional restaurants in Shanghai. Whilst other parts of the area offer Westernised flavours to satisfy tourists, the Qibao area of Shanghai has persevered the traditional Chinese cooking methods of times gone by.
Of course, it is always nice to take a break, relax and enjoy an interesting holiday away from it all; there are many opportunities for this and much more during a trip to Shanghai.
Victoria Cochrane writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.