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Travel Tips to Shanghai (PVG)
Shanghai – Always a Smiling Face
When you book a flight to Shanghai, FlyDoha takes you to a city that is strongly characterized by the west, yet retains its only flavour. Shanghai’s fascinating mix of very modern buildings with historical ones (such as the Jing An temple, which is surrounded by huge skyscrapers) is one way visitors can see this contrast. On a stroll through the narrow roads of the old town you can still discover many old traditions as well as feel the warmth of the local people, who believe people elsewhere in the country do not laugh enough! Plan a trip to Shanghai on flydoha.net, to discover this unique and fascinating city.
Peculiarity in Shanghai – “The Slope on a Muddy Bank”
The striking contrast between old and new can also be found on the riverbank promenade, the “Bund”. This name comes from the Anglo-Indian language and means a slope on a muddy river bank. Although it is a business and commercial centre with a space-ship like television tower and many other modern buildings, the historical buildings haven’t been displaced and are protected as monuments. They represent a great variety of building styles, whether that be baroque, gothic, classical, Renaissance or Romanesque. The journey from one side of the Huangpu River to the other by the underground tunnel is an experience.
Silver and Jade Buddhas
The Jing An Temple is one of the best preserved Buddhist institutions in the world. It was built as long ago as 247 AD. Its location had to be changed in 1216 following floods, the building was then destroyed by fire in 1972 and it only been possible to visit it again since 1990. Two magnets for visitors to the temple, are the two giant Buddha statues. While one is made from pure jade, the other gives off its silvery sheen. Each is eight metres high. Countless people burn incense sticks in honour of the Buddhas. This tradition comes from the Buddhist monks and is meant to favour the spirits of the air and the water.
Porcelain and Jade Through the Ages
Shanghai Museum is housed in a more than 30-metre-high building, the fourth-biggest building in the city. It was founded in 1952 and has been in its present building since 1996. The porcelain and jade collection stands out. It is presented so skilfully that you can get a real impression of style and taste through the millennia. There is a pleasant and inviting tea room on the first floor where you can relax. The museum is further enhanced by the museum shop with first class relics and an extraordinary art book section. It is worth getting here early as visitor numbers are limited. Book your flights to Shanghai with FlyDoha and experience the fantastic sights from long past millennia to the present day!