Senior Travel in ShanghaiEdit This
Shanghai is as commercial as a metropolitan city can get. With its
towering, sky-scraper dotted landscape and buzzing industrial centers,
the region may appear a tad too crowded and hectic for leisure
tourists. However, it would be unfair not to mention
that the city has some intriguing traces of Buddhism, Oriental
architecture and colonial neighborhoods. Here is a guide for senior
travelers to make the most of their trip to this bustling business hub.
The best way to see Shanghai is to hire a cab off the streets of the
city and arm yourself with a good map. There are other options like
subways, local buses and of course, your feet. Most of these
modes of transport have to contend with proliferating crowds that make
long-distance journeys painful. Senior travelers can also consider
booking themselves on one of the several organized tours throughout the
city. You can get details about them from your hotel information desk.
This is a hassle-free way to explore Shanghai and almost all tours are
conducted by English-speaking guides, who aren’t otherwise found very
easily in the city. The organized sightseeing sessions may seem a bit
cursory vis-à-vis enjoying the beauty of the city at your own pace,
Duolon Lu Culture Street
If you feel like savoring the cultural essence of the east, take a
walk through the Duolon Lu Culture Street, an attractive strip housing
relics of the city’s colonial era and Leftist movement. This was the
region housing several town revolutionaries and leftist writers, and a
grand literary streak is still visible in the form of its old
libraries and stately bookshops. There are antique stores, old historic
homes, tea houses and a museum of Modern Art.
Without exaggeration, almost every block in Shanghai houses a nice
museum depicting several nuances of the city’s vibrant culture. There’s
the highly interactive Madame Tussaud's Museum, where among everything
else you can play soccer with Beckham and get photographed with Audrey
Hepburn. Also worth checking out are the Museum of Folk Art, Shanghai
Bank Museum, Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Shanghai Natural
Shanghai is mostly known for its Buddhist shrines, especially the
Yufo Si Buddha Temple, Longhua Temple and the several ancient pagodas
that are sprinkled all over the old narrow by-lanes of Shanghai. There
are innumerable churches, the most notable being St. Peter’s Church, and
an impressive Jewish legacy in the form of the Ohel Moshe Synagogue.
Cruising the Huangpu River
Senior visitors can take an enjoyable boat ride on the Huangpu River, which is the central vein of the shipping trade in Shanghai. View stately buildings, shimmering skyscrapers, the breathtaking Peace Hotel, Jin Mao Tower and the lofty World Financial Center. Other majestic structures to be enjoyed include the Huangpu Park, the Oriental Pearl Tower and a series of beautiful glass malls.
Shanghai is a fascinating fusion of 21st century, state of the art grandeur with charming vintage homes, colonial streets, cultural districts and ancient religious structures.