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Inspired after reading Vinoo Charis blog on his Oinglong mountain biking trip in Suzhou China

I had 2 1/2 half days to myself as my wife Hetal was busy working :-) . After reading Vinoo's blog and surfing the net for different cycling options , I decided to take a full day tour of Shanghai by cycle with China Outside [ www.china-outside.com ] - managed in Shanghai by Fiona Lee fiona.lee@china-outside.com.

My tour started around 10 am and ended around 6 pm. My guide was Will [ a student of the Shanghai university ]. It also helped that he was not from Shanghai and had roamed around Shanghai quite a bit.

I am giving details of our route in his words below :-

THE ROUTE:
M50(art gallery)

---Jade buddha temple

---Mao's former residence [ I was in the Chinese colours - Yellow and Red ]

---Cite Bourgogne(local living house)

---Tianzifang workshop---Xintiandi(Paulaner)---

Ferry to Pudong---Towers&Riviera road---Ferry back---Yu Garden(Shanghai old street)-

--Nanjing(E)Road---Back to the shop


some introduction in detail:

1.The Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple in Shanghai. As with most modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes ), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha's death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Buddha made of marble, donated from Singapore, and visitors may mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.
2.Xintiandi is a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai. It is composed of an area of restored traditional shikumen ("stone gate") houses on narrow alleys, a modern shopping mall with a cinema complex, and some adjoining houses which now serve as book stores, cafes and restaurants. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seatings. Xintiandi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places. Xintiandi means "New Heaven and Earth", and is considered one of the first lifestyle centers in China.
3.Yu Garden A famous classical garden in south China , it was once famed as the “top beauty in southeast China”. First built during the Ming Dynasty, 400 years ago, by a Sichuan minister of finance named Pan Yunduan, it has been several times renovated by the government since the Liberation and is now one of the key relic sites in the country under state protection. The garden is divided into the scenic sections of “Mountains and Forests in the City”, "Magnificent Woods and Beautiful Valleys”, "Historical Relics of Heralding Spring”, "Water and Rockery Scenery”, "Tops in the World” and the Inner Garden.
4.Nanjing Rd., famed as “No. 1 Street in China”, is an epitome of Shanghai 's history and culture. The 1,033-m long Pedestrian Walkway lies between the Bund and the People's Square. There are more than 600 shops on both sides of the walkway. There are not only 100-year old ones, famous brand ones but also specialty shops of different trades. At night, the whole walkway is lit up.
5.Riviera road Pudong's answer to the Bund, this strip of green along the east bank of the Huangpu River offers a fine view of the Bund at a distance. After dark, when the Bund's buildings are lit up and beacon lights sweep the river lanes, the view is one of the best in Shanghai . The Riverside Promenade also affords marvelous views of Pudong's skyscrapers, and the Shanghai International Convention Center and its twin globes.
6.The skyscraper The Shanghai World Financial Center

is a supertall skyscraper in Shanghai. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component containing 174 rooms and suites.This hotel becomes the highest in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower.Jinmao Tower , one of the symbolic buildings of the 21st century in Shanghai, is a 88-story super high-rise with the height of 420.5 meters.It is the second highest building in China. It was completed in August 28, 1998.
7.The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund of Shanghai.It was designed by Jia Huan Cheng of the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Construction began in 1991 and the tower was completed in 1995. At 468 m (1,535 feet ) high, it is the tallest completed tower in Asia, and the third tallest tower in the world after the CN Tower and the Ostankino Tower . The Oriental Pearl TV Tower belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers.The tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two biggest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50 m ( 164 ft ) for the lower and 45 m ( 148 ft ) for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9m ( 30 ft ) in diameter. The highest sphere is 14 m ( 46 ft ) in diameter.The entire building is supported by three enormous columns that start underground.

Stone Gate The Shikumen (Simplified Chinese: 石库门), or literally "stone gate" is a style of housing in Shanghai, China, which blended features of east and west. In the past up to 80% of the city's population lived in these types of houses, but today the proportion is much lower.Each residence is connected and arranged in straight alleys, with the entrance to each alley, the gate, wrapped by a stylistic stone arch. The Shikumen is a cultural blend of the elements found in Western architecture with traditional Lower Yangtze Chinese architecture and social behavior. All traditional Chinese dwellings had a courtyard, and the Shikumen was no exception. Yet, to compromise with its urban nature, it was much smaller and provided an "interior haven" to the commotions in the streets, allowing for raindrops to fall and vegetation to grow freely within a residence. The courtyard also allowed sunlight and adequate ventilation into the rooms.


French Concession

The leafy district once known as the Paris of the East, includes the refurbished shikumen houses of Xintiandi. The blending of architecture styles, bustling street life, and wealth of international Shanghai fusion culture make the French Concession one of Shanghai's most rich and vibrant neighborhoods.

Other photos in the photo album - http://cyclists.in/photo/albums/tour-de-shanghai

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Comment by manasij on June 22, 2010 at 12:21pm
Great post :-)
Keep riding and keep having fun mate!
Comment by James Rodrigues on June 22, 2010 at 12:21pm
Gr8 pics .....
Comment by MAK on June 22, 2010 at 8:51am
Hi!!! Mulraj this is something gr8, as uv got a fantastic oppertunity,,, welldome...
Comment by Amit Bhowmik on June 22, 2010 at 8:13am
Lovely blog post and pics! Thanks for sharing :)

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