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If you love experiencing shiny new things, Pudong, Shanghai is the ideal place to visit. As a new and bustling district, Pudong offers visitors some of the most modern attractions, businesses, skyscrapers and shopping malls, all featuring the latest in entertainment, technology and fashion.
Located east of the Huangpu River, Pudong is a booming area of Shanghai, China. Formerly acres of farmland, Pudong today is a brand new district, created by the Chinese government in the 1990s in an effort to develop a Special Economic Zone. In a mere twenty years, Pudong has boomed into one of the busiest and prosperous areas of the world, flourishing in the business of world trade and finance, prevailing in world technology and boasting some of the world's highest skyscrapers.
Opened in 2008 as one of the highest skyscrapers in the world, the Shanghai World Financial Center is a shining symbol of Pudong's modern, amazing progress. Rising over 1,600 feet high on Century Avenue, the high tower houses observation decks, conference rooms, offices, hotels and shopping malls.
Drawing over three million visitors every year, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a magnificent work of architecture constructed with eleven spheres of varying sizes, all connected by three huge columns. Situated on Century Avenue, the tower contains fifteen observatory levels, exhibition facilities, a hotel, a shopping mall and a revolving restaurant.
Another of Pudong's great skyscrapers and symbols of success is Jinmao Tower. Located on Century Boulevard, the tower is China's second tallest building, rising 88 stories high and housing financial and trade businesses as well as a five star hotel.
Located in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower, the world's second-tallest building at present, is 128 stories or 632 meters (2,073 feet) tall and is a premier Shanghai tourist highlight.
Covering over 140 hectares, or over 346 acres, Century Park is Shanghai's largest park, located on Jinxiu Road. Featuring scenic landscapes of grassland, beautiful gardens, woodlands and lakes, the park offers visitors a children's play area as well as many leisure activities such as walking, picnicking, kite flying, fishing and paddle boating. The park is also within walking distance of the popular Science and Technology Museum.
Stretching five kilometers from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to Century Park, Century Boulevard is a beautifully landscaped avenue featuring magnificent sculptures depicting the theme of time and eight botanical gardens all named after Chinese trees such as Cherry, Chinese Redbud, Camellia, Willow and others.
Receiving over a million visitors each year, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium features over 221,000 square feet of exhibitions displayed in various themed areas from Asia's rainforest to the South American Amazon to the Australian mangroves. The aquarium boasts one of the world's longest underwater tunnels through which visitors can experience the open ocean, a shark cove, coral reef and more. The aquarium can be visited on Lujiazui Ring Rd.
Situated on Fenghe Road, this natural history museum offers visitors the opportunity to see many galleries and exhibits of various live insects, reptiles and other animals. There are also several interactive exhibits including a pond where visitors can catch and keep fish.
Located at Century Boulevard, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is one of the most visited museums in China. The museum is both an educational and fun-filled attraction offering four science theaters, two temporary exhibition halls and thirteen permanent exhibitions such Human and Health, Earth Exploration, World of Robots and Space Navigation just to name a few.
Pudong offers a wide selection of food choices to suit every taste and budget. Mentioned below are a few popular restaurants.
The Canton, located in the Intercontinental Hotel, offers authentic Cantonese cuisine.
For fine wine and Italian fare, diners will enjoy Danieli's on Dong Fang Road.
Situated on the 56th floor of the Grand Hyatt, The Grill features a splendid panoramic view and serves fresh seafood and American steaks.
Jatujak serves excellent Thai dishes in a fabulous atmosphere located at the Xinmei Union Towers.
Julie's Bistro on Century Avenue at the World Financial Center offers delicious Canadian cuisine and a large selection of wines.
Though many of Pudong's hotels cater to business guests, visitors of all walks of life can find many choices for lodging from budget to luxury. Recommendations for a budget are the Eton Hotel Shanghai on Pudong Road or Rhea Lakeview Hotel on Luoshan Road. For luxury options, guests can check out the Grand Hyatt on Century Boulevard, Park Hyatt at the World Financial Center or the Parkyard Hotel on Bibo Road.
Pudong offers visitors an exciting and diverse shopping scene. Some of the top places to shop include Times Square, the New Xiang Yang Market and the Super Brand Mall, one the largest malls in Asia.
Like the rest of Shanghai, Pudong offers plenty of transportation choices from the subway to buses to taxis and ferries. Many areas offer good walking options as well. Visitors can obtain maps with subway and bus routes in convenience shops and most hotels.
For planning the best time to visit and what to wear, travelers are advised that the Pudong area is chilly and damp during winter with only occasional snowfall. Summers are hot and humid with the seldom thunderstorm or typhoon. Spring offers a pleasant time to visit while autumn provides the best occasion with its sunny and dry weather.
Pudong is overall a safe city although travelers are advised to be aware of their surroundings and to be mindful of pickpocketing. Also beware of individuals suddenly approaching and offering services like massages, tour guiding and others as these situations could possibly prove to be scams.
When walking in Pudong, visitors should be aware that rainy weather can make public walking areas slippery and motorists don't always stop for pedestrians.