Shanghai - the New York of China

shanghai waitan.jpg - 11486 BytesStraddling the Huangpu River in the Tangtse delta, Shanghai is China's busiest port and most important industrial and commercial center. With a population of 12 million, Shanghai is China's second largest city with a population density of around 50,000 per square km. A vibrant modern cosmopolitan, Shanghai is best known for shopping and night life and is considered China's most liveable city by foreigners.
Shanghai City Ratings
** The following ratings are based on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best.
History(7) Art(6) Local Culture/UniqueTour(8)
Nature/Scenic(5) Food/Shopping(10) Night Life(10)
Religion(4) Adventure/Sports(4) Reasonable Cost(3)
Recommended Days of Stay: 3 Shanghai City Map

Quick Facts
Area - 6,100 square km
Population - 12 million
When to go
Coldest Months - January and February with temperature as low as - 5C;
Hottest Months - July and August, with temperature as high as 35C;
Annual Precipitation - 1200 millimeters (mainly in May through September)
Getting Around
By Public Bus - Public buses are cheap but old and extremely crowded. It's a good way of experiencing life in Shanghai as the average local people live it. All announcements are made in Chinese;
By Public Tour Bus - Public tour buses go directly to the popular tourist spots and are reasonable. It is especially convenient for a trip outside of town. The fare is in the range of Y2 - Y12. Check with your hotel about bus terminals and routes;
By Metro (Subway) - Signs in Metro are in English and Chinese. Fares are Y2 paid for with a plastic card you can purchase from vending machines;
By Taxi - Taxis are the most common means of transportation for foreigners. All Shanghai taxis have a meter. Taxis cost Y10.8-14.4 for the first three kilometers (a little less than 2 miles).
Getting In and Out
By Air - Shanghai is a 2-hour flight from Hong Kong and less than 2 hours from Beijing. There are also flights connecting Shanghai with other major international cities. The Hongqiao International airport in Shanghai is 18 km (11 miles) from the city;
By Train - Shanghai is around 3 hours from Hangzhou by train and 1 hours from Suzhou. Its main railway station Shanghai Railway station is located downtown with trains to and from almost all major cities in China;
By Bus - There are buses leaving Shanghai for Wu Xi and Suzhou from the airports, Long Distance Bus Stations and a few hotels.

History


Shanghai's antecedents date back to the Warring States period (475-221BC) as a tiny fishing village near the mouth of Yangzi River. It wasn't until the late 19th century that Shanghai began to transform itself into a booming cosmopolitan commercial center. Its geographic location as the trade artery in China made Shanghai very attractive to overseas merchants at the time.

In 1842 according to the Treaty of Nanking, imposed on China after its defeat in the First Opium War, Shanghai was opened as one of the five ports to foreign trade and settlement. Shanghai had at one time British, French and American concessions. Today the architecture style in downtown Shanghai still to some extent reflects the concessions. In the early days up to 1890, Shanghai thrived on the trading of tea, silk and (illegal) opium. By the 1930s, Shanghai flourished as never before, with visitors from all over the world coming to shop and visit the city with the most cars, the tallest buildings and the most modern gadgets in Asia.

During the past 150 years, Shanghai has had its share of military and political turmoil. In 1853, Taiping rebels seized nearby city Nanjing, threatening Shanghai's foreign community. Its efforts to take Shanghai failed. Later that year, an army of the 'Small Sword Society' (Xiao dao hui), a branch of the Triad secret society from Guangdong, seized the walled section of Shanghai. In 1855, the 'Small Sword Society' was driven out of Shanghai by the imperial forces with the support of the foreign community. In July of 1921, the Chinese Communist Party was founded as a result of a secret meeting in Shanghai. In April of 1927, the Kuomintang arrived at Shanghai led by Chiang Kai-shek and ordered the massacre of Communists. In 1931 the Japanese invaded Manchria and the next year they dropped incendiary bombs on the crowded quarter Zhabei in Shanghai. The Japanese stayed till 1945. In 1949, the Communists took over the city. During the Cultural Revolution, Shanghai was the scene of many political struggles and had lost its appeal as an international commercial center since the 1950s.

With the reforms led by Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s, Shanghai opened its doors again to the international business community. Today Shanghai has once again become a vibrant industrial city powered by foreign investment and is relentlessly challenging Hongkong's position as Asia's leading business and trade center.


Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party * *
Address: 76 Xingye Road
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8am - 11pm. Closed Thursday mornings.

The site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party is a small gray-brick house in the former French Concessions. In June 1921, 12 representatives of the Communist Party including Mao Zedong had a secret meeting here and founded the Chinese Communist Party.


Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence * * *
Address: 7 Xiangshan Road
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm; Sunday 1:30pm - 4pm.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the father of Republican China, lived in Shanghai in a two-story house with his wife Soong Ching-ling in the early 1920s. Today his former residence is well maintained reflecting his life and career as a revolutionist. Dr. Sun is best known for his Three People's Principles: Nationalism, Democracy and 'People's Livelihood'. Sun's Principles were aimed against western imperialists in China and the Qing government. Dr. Sun was also an advocate for economic reform through land re-distribution and capital control.

Soong Ching-ling, sister in-law of Chiang Kai-shek, married the 50-year-old Sun Yat-sen when she was 20, despite the opposition from her wealthy Christian father. After Dr. Sun died in 1925 from cancer, Soong Ching-ling continued to live in their Shanghai residence till 1937, when she was forced out by the war. Soong Qingling remained in China after Liberation and spent the rest of her life promoting children's welfare.

On display in Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence, are antiques, books, old photographs and Sun's other personal belongs.


Shanghai Museum * * * *
Address: 201 Renmin Da Dao
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm; Saturday 9am - 4pm.

The building of Shanghai Museum standing 4 stories high, is shaped like an ancient Chinese bronze cooking cauldron with four giant handles. Housing one of China's finest collections of cultural relics, the Museum is famous for its well-designed galleries with marvelous bronzes, fine ceramics, sculptures, paintings and furniture. In addition, expect to see such unique items as Tibetan skulls and demon masks, as well as Emperor Qianlong's jade wine goblet. Captions of display are both in English and Chinese, and an 'acoustiguide' is recommended for a better learning experience.

Art
Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Content) * * * * *
Address: Yuyuan Road
Hours: Daily 8:30am-4:30pm

The Yuyuan Garden, covering 5 acres, was originally laid out in 1559 and 1577 by an official from Sichuan province for his father. The garden is of typical southern style, combining pools, pavilions, rocks connected by winding paths. One of the most famous features of the Yuyuan Garden is five dragon walls meandering concentrically around the garden. As a fun exercise, look for dragons' heads. Detailed woodcarvings can be seen best in the Sansui Tang (Hall of Three Ears of Corn), which is carved with rice, millet, wheat and fruit.

The Yuyuan Garden holds a special place in Shanghai's history. From 1853 to 1854, it served as the headquarters of the Small Sword Society, a branch of the Triad secret society from the south. During the Taiping uprising, the secret society captured part of Shanghai for 18 months. Interestingly, this part of history saved the Yuyuan Garden from the destruction of the Culture Revolution, since the Small Sword Society was considered early revolutionaries.

As a major tourist attraction, the Yuyuan Garden tends to be crowded, especially in the morning.


Shanghai Acrobatic and Magic Troupe * * * *
The Shanghai Acrobatic and Magic Troupe performs at the Lyceam Theatre and the Shanghai Theatre. Their shows are full of fun featuring astonishing performances of juggling, sword-swallowing, tumbling and plate-spinning.

Grand Theatre * * * *
Located in People's Square, the Grand Theatre boasts of the largest stage in the world. The eagle shaped building looks spectacular at night with its neon lights. The Grand Theatre consists of 3 different theatres, the largest of which seats 1,800 people. All year round, the Grand Theatre features symphony orchestras, ballets and operas from world-famous groups.

Shanghai Concert Hall
Shanghai Art Theater (formerly Lyceum Theatre)
Shanghai Center

Local Culture/Unique Tour
Yuyuan Market * * * * *
Known for its historical significance and architectural elegance, Yuyuan is also a bustling shopping center with about 100 shops. It is a wonderful place to buy souvenirs and antiques. You can also try such specialty foods as Shanghai Steamed Dumplings.

Oriental Pearl Television Center * * * * *
Address: 2 Lane 504 Jujiazui Road, Pudong
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-9:15pm

Standing 468meters high, the Oriental Pearl Television Tower is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third in the world. The tower can be reached by ferry from the Bund. The observatory offers a great view of Shanghai, though the food is extremely overpriced. The Shanghai History Museum is located near the base of the tower. The Ocean Aquarium is also located nearby with a 120-meter long sightseeing tunnel.


Shanghai Stock Exchange * *
Address: 528 Pudong Nan Road;
Hours: Daily 9am - 11:30am and 1pm - 5pm

Founded in 1990, Shanghai Stock Exchange is the symbol of Chinese capitalism. The spacious trading floor rivals that of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Unfortunately, don't expect the guide to give you a clear explanation of the operations of SHSE.


Shanghai Library * *
Housing around 13 million books, Shanghai Library is the largest in Asia and third largest in the world. The oldest books here are 1,400 years old. With free admission, it is worth a tour.

Shanghai Tourism Festival * * *
The Shanghai Tourism Festival falls between Oct 17 and Nov 8 each year. Festival events range from Marathon to group weddings.

Huxin Ting Tea House * * *
As one of the symbols of Shanghai's legacy, Huxin Ting Tea House is the most famous tea house in Shanghai. The teahouse is set in the middle of a pond reachable through a zigzag bridge. Order a cup of tea and enjoy people watching here.

Children's Municipal Palace * *
Children's Municipal Palace is a community center where children learn and practice arts, sciences, music and sports. Children with talents in these areas are specially selected to develop their skills here after school. A visit here will help you understand the Chinese educational system.

Nature/Scenic
Botanical Garden * * *
Hours: Daily 9am - 11:30am and 1pm - 5pm

Located in the southwestern suburbs of Shanghai, the Botanical Garden offers a relaxing alternative to the bustling city scene. Unique features include Chinese herbal plants and miniature trees of hundreds of years old.


Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Content)
Address: Yuyuan Road
Hours: Daily 8:30am-4:30pm

The Yuyuan Garden, covering 5 acres, was originally laid out in 1559 and 1577 by an official from Sichuan province for his father. The garden is of typical southern style, combining pools, pavilions, rocks connected by winding paths. One of the most famous features of the Yuyuan Garden is five dragon walls meandering concentrically around the garden. As a fun exercise, look for dragons' heads. Detailed woodcarvings can be seen best in the Sansui Tang (Hall of Three Ears of Corn), which is carved with rice, millet, wheat and fruit.

The Yuyuan Garden holds a special place in Shanghai's history. From 1853 to 1854, it served as the headquarters of the Small Sword Society, a branch of the Triad secret society from the south. During the Taiping uprising, the secret society captured part of Shanghai for 18 months. Interestingly, this part of history saved the Yuyuan Garden from the destruction of the Culture Revolution, since the Small Sword Society was considered early revolutionaries.

As a major tourist attraction, the Yuyuan Garden tends to be crowded, especially in the morning.


The Bund * * * * *
The Bund (riverside embankment) is an elevated walkway of 400 meters wide along the Huangpu River. The European architecture reflects its triumphant history as the power center of old Shanghai when hundreds of foreign banks, grand offices and private clubs flourished in this area between the mid-19th and mid-20th century. Today many of these buildings have changed owners and tenants. The Shanghai government continues to lease more office space on the Bund to financial institutions all over the world. Visit the Bank of China, Shanghai Customs House and Pudong Development Bank for a spectacular architecture tour.

The Bund's magnificent skyline is the symbol of Shanghai, attracting local residents as well as visitors. Every morning, hundreds of Shanghainese start their days here with morning exercises.

At the south end of the Bund is the Bund Museum with artifacts and photos from 150 years ago when Shanghai was a colonial river port.

Food/ Shopping
Famous Local Restaurants
Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Content)

Delicatessens
Glenmore's Australian Deli and Meat Market - reasonably priced fresh seafood and meat flown in fresh from Australia daily; Corner of Wuzhong Rd and Guyi Rd

Outdoor Restaurants
Face - surrounded by the beautiful gardens of the Ruijin Guesthouse. Have a few drinks outside and then head over to the tent for top Indian food or go upstairs to the second floor for Thai.

M on the Bund - the outdoor patio of M on the Bund is a real treat when the weather is nice. Excellent continental cuisine, drinks, and service.

Le Garcon Chinois - artsy decor with Mediterranean concept. Peaceful ambiance with French cuisine.

Yang's Kitchen - a small courtyard serving Shanghainese cuisine

Sasha's - a relaxing place with green lawns and beautiful art nouveau architecture

Badlands - legendary garden dining and drinking

Bon Ami Cafe - They claim to be the "only place for good coffee and dessert" but they also have an exotic menu ranging from African Chicken to Indian curry. Service could be slow.

Park 97 - Tables are starting to spill into Fuxing Park and to fit any mood, you can now choose from the cool environs of the interior, the flaming atmosphere of Lava tapas bar, and outdoor dining in Fuxing Park.


Chinese Cuisine
1221 The Dining Room - one of the most favorite Chinese dining place of the trendy expatriate community. Good price at decent price.

1931 Cafe - a cozy little place featuring dishes from various parts of Asia at low price

Apocalypse Now - Shanghainese version of Hard Rock Cafe. Good food and loud bands

Gap Cafe - good Shanghainese cuisine with occasional cabaret dances in multiple locations. Popular among local Shanghainese as well as expatriates

Huang He Food Street - You'll find everything from the smallest stall to the most luxurious seafood restaurant with huge aquariums, to the inevitable rip-off places. A good place for authentic Shanghainese food is Xiaonanguo.

Old Fashioned Restaurant - furnished with oddities from around the world and other oddities for Chinese medicinal use. Special healing dishes can be ordered 24 hours in advance to cure diseases.

Shen Shen - Upstairs from the Sunshine Cafe, Shen Shen is exactly what one would expect from an upscale Chinese restaurant: big round tables, bright lights, and good food. Features Sichuan cuisine.

Shanghai Ren Jia - Large Shanghainese restaurant. The good selection of authentic Shanghai cuisine and English menu attracts both locals and expats.

Wuxing Garden - Set in a restored Hengshan Lu mansion, this Shanghainese restaurant looks over a spacious green yard. The food is not spectacular but prices are lower than one would expect from the look of the place.


Indian Cuisine
Tandoor Indian Restaurant - a top choice for Indian cuisine with beautiful decor and excellent selection of Indian dishes. High prices.

Japanese Cuisine
Asahi - The big draw here is that for 200 RMB, you not only get as much food as you desire, but beer and sake is also included. Nothing fancy but a true Japanese feast.

Sumo Sushi (formerly Ganki Sushi) - Sushi on a conveyer belt. During the afternoon and after 10pm, you can eat all the sushi you desire for only 58 RMB.

Itoya - One of the oldest Japanese-managed restaurants in Shanghai and very popular. In addition to a wide variety of food and over 60 kinds of sake, special menus are available for groups. Good service and moderate prices.

Kawakyu - Very authentic Japanese cuisine and great views from the 23rd floor of the Shanghai Hotel. The a la carte menu features more than 130 small dishes starting at 10 RMB. High quality food at a moderate price.

Shintori - the most flavorful and elegant Japanese food in Shanghai. Spectacular interior decoration at expensive prices.

Wuninosachi - The 150 Rmb all you can eat, all you can drink (beer and sake) deal is highly recommended. Reservations are a must. Fresh fish. Tel: 6445 3406


Thai Cuisine
Irene's Thai - The oldest Thai place in town.

Simply Thai - With each dish priced around 40 Rmb, Simply Thai is less expensive than Irene's but you'll still be served excellent cuisine in a stylish interior. The atmosphere is upbeat yet peaceful and the menu is changed periodically so you don't get bored. Their lunch menu is a steal with most dishes at half price.


American Cuisine
Hard Rock Cafe - the place that needs no introduction.

Kathleen's - Exactly what Mao Ming Nan Lu needed - a relaxed cafe - an oasis of calm amidst the booming discos, jockeying taxis, and kebab barbeques. Ideal for unwinding drinks, conversation, and not-too-fancy meals. Unfortunately, prices have gone up since their opening and service is hit or miss but Kathleen's is still a welcomed addition.

Tony Roma's - This well known restaurant serves RIBS, HUGE BURGERS, big servings of salads, fries and everything else American you can think of. When you suddenly crave big, filling, "take you out, whack you in the stomach and make sure you know you've eaten" food, this is the place to go.


Brazilian Cuisine
Tandoor Indian Restaurant - a top choice for Indian cuisine with beautiful decor and excellent selection of Indian dishes. High prices.

French Cuisine
Le Bouchon - A little French cafe and wine bar exiled to China. Though not decorated like your typical French brasserie (it is more London or Sydney) the food is resolutely French fare, done simply and nourishingly. Salads, terrines, a special of the day, desserts, and good French wine. The 150 Rmb set menu is an excellent value.

Mexican Cuisine
Badlands - The only real Tex-Mex in town: from decoration to food, everything matches what you would expect. This Ju Lu Lu standby gets crowded in the warm weather when people go for the Mexican beers and frozen Margaritas in the beautiful backyard garden. 10 Yuan Taco Tuesdays have been a hit.

El Popo - With a Tapas bar downstairs and a Mexican restaurant upstairs, El Popo has done a tremendous job on the renovation and the food is good. The open kitchen is spotless - comforting knowledge anywhere in the world, especially China.


German / Beer Houses
Brauhaus 505 - Lost in the middle of Nanjing Road in the Sofitel Hotel. Perhaps as a result, the atmosphere is a little more peaceful than the typical brauhaus. All German specialties available, including beer brewed on the premises. Hotel prices are to be expected.

Judy's German Restaurant - Formerly Le Rendez-Vous, Judy and Mark have created an entirely new German restaurant above legendary Judy's Too. We found the food excellent and much lighter than expected for German food. Prices are very reasonable - one should be able to escape for under 200 Rmb.

Landhaus - Beautiful restaurant in a house renovated to remind one of the German countryside. The food is solidly German - we didn't feel the need to eat for several weeks afterwards. Set lunch is 40 Rmb in the restaurant and only 28 Rmb if you have it delivered. Dinner is more expensive, especially when you add on the requisite German beers.


Italian cuisine
Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore - Simple Italian family food at reasonable prices ideal for quick lunches and relaxed dinners. Pasta Fresca also offers a wide home-delivery network of their best specialties: all kinds of pizzas and pastas with a wide choice of toppings and sauces.

Trattoria - With decent Italian fare at reasonable prices, it's a good place to go before or after a stroll along the Bund.


Spanish Cuisine
Ali YY - Downstairs is Xinjiang food - kebabs, stews, and noodles - with a kick. Upstairs, bring your harem for a more refined (and more expensive) Middle Eastern meal under a seductive velvet tent while the hookah is passed around the table. Both floors are highly recommended but the second is a dining experience you're not likely to forget.

Middle Eastern Cuisine
Lava - This is Park 97's tapas bar and there's no doubt about it, it's definitely HOT. Go for the tapas, go for the Spanish wines, go for the people watching, or go for the flaming decor.

Coffee
Bon Ami Cafe - They claim to be the "only place for good coffee and dessert" but they also have an exotic menu covering dishes from African Chicken to Indian curry.

Espresso Americano - Choose your coffee beans and enjoy pastries from the Portman.

Gino's - Reasonable prices, good selection, and lively atmosphere is making this Taiwanese chain very successful all over Shanghai, particularly with locals. Actually more of an Italian quick food restaurant than a coffee shop, Gino's also offers pizza, pasta, and sandwiches.

Java Jive - located in an alley alongside the Friendship Store, Java Jive serves almost every kind of coffee imaginable. Very cozy atmosphere with monthly displays of contemporary art.

Manabe - They look like upscale American coffee shops and as they should, they serve coffee and food 24x7, albeit in small portions.

Yandang Road -The cobblestone street is reserved for pedestrians only and it is developing into exactly what the planners must have dreamed: a quaint street lined with cafes - a good place to relax and soak up information about the local scene.


Other Recommended Restaurants
Always Cafe - the place to go for a 20 Rmb set lunch. Choose from Western or Asian specialties and get motivated for the afternoon with all the coffee or tea you can handle. It would be the perfect quick lunch place if only the service was a little quicker (but it has gotten better.) Also a lively place for the after-work happy hour from 5-8 every evening.

O'Malley's Irish Pub - Totally Irish. Nooks and crannies for the evening, large beer garden for the afternoon.

The Steak House - Inside the Equatorial Hotel, this is a serious steak house with cozy atmosphere and a simple menu featuring hefty steaks from the U.S. and Australia. Main courses range from about 100 to 160 RMB, starters and desserts are 35 RMB and up.

Sunshine Cafe - You'll find something of interest on their menu featuring both Western and Asian dishes. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering the prime location.


Antique Shopping
Dong Tai Rd Antique Market - entry level antique market for inexperienced antique hunters. English speaking and helpful dealers. The Dong Tai Lu market is open every day from 9-5.

Fuyou Rd - Fuyou Lu Sunday market located near the Yu Garden is for more sophisticated antique shoppers, with a wide variety of antique and furniture. Arrive before 8am for the best selection. Knowledgeable dealers.

Shanghai Antique & Curio Store - top-of-the-line antiques guaranteed by the government. Higher price and less crowd.


General Shopping
Westgate Plaza - Corner of Nanjing Xi Rd and Jiangning Rd
Isetan - Corner of Huaihai Zhong Rd and Chengdu Nan Rd
Parkson - Corner of Huaihai Zhong Rd and Shanxi Nan Rd
Printemps - Corner of Huaihai Zhong Rd and Shanxi Nan Rd


Luxury Clothes and Goods
Maison de Mode - extremely overpriced brand names such as Boss, Prada and Alfred Dunhill; Corner of HuaiHai Zhong Rd and Changshu Rd

Jinjiang Dickson Centre - brand names at prices much higher than overseas; Corner of Changle Rd and Maoming Rd

Portman Hotel - high-price designer clothes and jewelry ; 1376 Nanjing Xi Rd

Night Life
Bars
B.A.T.S - a funky place located in the Pudong Shangari-La Hotel

Badlands - Mexican bar and restaurant. Tuesday night is Taco night with 10 Yuan tacos.

Brauhaus 505 - located in the Sofitel Hotel. German beers and microbrews.

Charlie's - located in the Crown Plaza with live bands. Happy hour from 3:00 - 9:00 pm.

Comrade's Vodka Bar - cool decor with techno and house music. Reasonably priced drinks.

Cotton Club - jazz and blues bar with live music

George V - homey environment with live music

Goya - chilled-out music in a cozy environment

Hyland 505 - daily happy hour from 6-8pm

Long Bar - an American hangout. "Model" shows every Tuesday and Thursday night.

Malone's American Caf¨¦ - classic American sports bar by Ritz Carlton

Mandy's - intimate bar with elegant atmosphere. Live piano and saxophone.

O'Malley's Irish Pub - expensive hangout for foreigners; totally Irish

Peace Hotel - Jazz band and dance

Red - lounge with red velvet decor. 10 Yuan drink specials on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Tequila Mama - Basement club with underground vibe. Foreign students' hangout.

YY's - foreigner's hangout with stiff cover charge. Always packed.


Disco
DKD - One of the hottest spots in Shanghai on the weekend. Yong crowd, mostly expat.

Judy's Too - Legendary...and still going strong as a Shanghai institution. Dine upstairs and then burn off that rich German meal on the packed dance floor.

MGM - Unique layout with two levels of intimate booths that let people get to know each other. Often considered a "must" on the Shanghai night scene.

Real Love - an entertainment complex, complete with dining, bowling, and dancing all under one roof. A hot spot in town bustling every day of the week.

Religion
Jade Buddha Temple * * *
Address: 170 Anyuan Road, Puto District
Hours: Daily 9am- 5pm.

Jade Buddha Temple was originally built in the outskirts of Shanghai in 1882 by a monk from Putuo Mountain. The temple was abandoned after the 1911 revolution and was moved to the western part of Shanghai in 1918 and was later restored. The 2-acre temple houses the Jade Buddha on the second floor and a Reclining Buddha in another building. Both statues of Buddha are made of white jade, brought into China from Burma in 1882.

Today the Jade Buddha Temple is fairly active with many monks in attendance, singing and reading scriptures.


Ohel Moshe Synagogue * * *
Address: 62 Chang Yang Road, Hongkou District.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm

Ohel Moshe Synagogue, built in 1927, is a museum with a few relics and photos illustrating the Jewish history in Shanghai. There have been three main migrations of Jews in the history of Shanghai. The Sepahrdic Jews came from West Africa in the mid-1800s. White Russian Jews arrived in the early 1920s to escape from the Communist Revolution. In the later 1930s, the third group of Jews came to Shanghai to escape from Hitler's persecution.


Xujiahui Cathedral * * * *
Formerly the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, the Xujiahui Cathedral was built by the Jesuits in 1906 with space for 2,500 worshippers. Located in the southwest of the city, the cathedral remains an active center of Roman Catholic worship.

 

 

 
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