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Landmarks & Monuments in Shanghai

City God Temple

Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

At one time, every Chinese city had its own City God Temple, the central place for Taoists. During the Cultural Revolution, the temple, which had developed into more of a marketplace, was destroyed. The temple's central courtyard in Shanghai is typically packed with worshipers praying before the statues of Huo Guang (a local military hero) in the front hall, and the town god in the back.

Open: daily – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; admission: charge.

Henshan Community Church

Xujiahui, Shanghai

Founded in 1925 and also known as the International Church, this is
the best-known of Shanghai's Protestant churches among foreign residents and visitors, and is the largest church still in use. The beautiful ivy-covered English-style structure and grounds blend in well with the upmarket colonial-style shopping district, on the outskirts of the French Concession area.

Open: daily; admission: free.

Huxinting Teahouse

257 Yuyuan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Shanghai's quintessential teahouse has floated atop the lake at the heart of Old Town, in front of Yuyuan, since 1784. It was built by area cotton-cloth merchants as a brokerage hall. Tea drinking was forbidden inside until the late 1800s, when it became what it is today. Believed to be the original model for Blue Willow tableware, the five-sided, two-story pavilion with red walls and uplifted black-tiled eaves has served everyone from visiting heads of state to local labourers. Huxinting ("midlake pavilion") is reached via the traditional Bridge of Nine Turnings, so designed to deflect evil spirits who are said to travel only in straight lines.

Open: daily – 8:30 am to 9 pm; admission: free.

Jinmao Tower

88 Century Avenue, Pudong New District, Shanghai

Currently the tallest building within the whole of the People's Republic of China, the Jinmao Tower is one of Shanghai's most famous modern landmarks and dominates much of the city's waterfront. The tower was completed in 1999 and measures over 420 m (1,380 ft) in height, boasting a superb observation deck on its 88th floor.

Open: daily – 8:30 am to 9 pm; admission: charge.

Lupu Bridge

909 Luban Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

The Lupu Bridge, located in the southern part of the French Concession and spanning the Huangpu River, is the longest steel arch bridge in the world, spanning 550 m (1,804 ft). An elevator from Luban Road underneath the bridge transports visitors to the main deck, from where you then climb the easy 367 steps up the arch of the bridge to the viewing platform at the top, which is about the size of a basketball court. The prime bird's-eye view from the top is simply spectacular. And though the viewing platform is not officially open at night, some intrepid locals have been known to make the after-dark climb and lived to tell about the even more stunning night views.

Open: daily – 8:30 am to 4 pm; admission: charge.

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