Shanghai / China
Shanghai - that is not only the largest city in China with about 10 million inhabitants in the city center, Shanghai also has the world's largest port. The city is located at the mouth of the Yang Tse in the East China Sea. Shanghai was once a small fishing village, but developed into a prospering metropolis between Chinese tradition and modern revival.
In the last century Shanghai was called the "paradise of adventurers". Today, the city is one of the most prosperous cities in China. The Bund promenade is Shanghai's landmark. 52 buildings of various styles are here. In the morning many people practice sports here. Some of them do exercises with the Taji sword, others operate Kongfu. In the evening the illuminated buildings brighten the promenade.
The Yu Gardens are located in the northeast of the city. The visitor can view 40 different harmonious scenes.
The Jade Buddha Temple is famous for its two Buddha statues made of jade. In 1882, the monk Hui Gen brought it from Burma to China. A special treasure is the figure of a reclining Buddha (96 cm long), which shows his entrance into Nirvana. The statue of the sitting Buddha is 1.90 m high and made of white jade.
The Longhua Temple is the oldest and largest of its kind in Shanghai. It was founded in 242 AD and has so far been preserved in good original condition. In the temple are sutras from the Tang Dynasty, the Five Dynasties, the Ming and Qing period. The seven-storey and octagonal pagoda is 40 m high and was built in 247 AD. It is Shanghai's best-preserved pagoda.
The Shanghai Museum is an architectural masterpiece. It is one of the largest collections of Chinese art.