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Shanghai Confucian Temple

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History
Wenmiao was founded during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), but was reconstructed in its current form in 1855. Like the Yuyuan (yù yuán 豫园) Temple, Wenmiao (wén miào 文庙) housed the Small Swords Society when they took over the city during the Taiping (tài píng tiān guó 太平天国) Uprising. The temple was once Shanghai's most prestigious learning institution and is now the only temple of Confucius (kǒng miào 孔庙) (551-479 BC), China's greatest philosopher, in downtown Shanghai. It is also the biggest second book market in Shanghai.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 16:13
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The old residence of Zhou Enlai

The old residence of Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai's (zhōu ēn lái 周恩来) (1898-1976) former residence is located on Sinan Road. It is a three-storey house with a strong French architectural flavor. Zhou Enlai, the former Chinese Prime Minister in the 1960s and 70s is seen by many as one of China's greatest twentieth century leaders. A keen military strategist and an excellent diplomat, Zhou was a key figure in negotiations between the U.S and China in the 1970s.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 11:23
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Shanghai Zoo

Shanghai Zoo

After half a century of development the Shanghai Zoo has become one of the best ecological gardens in Shanghai. The zoo houses and exhibits more than 6,000 animals, among which are 600 rare animals that include the giant panda, golden monkey, and the South China Tiger. All of these animals are indigenous to China. Animals from other parts of the world include, the chimpanzee, giraffe (cháng jìng lù 长颈鹿), polar bear and kangaroo (dài shǔ 袋鼠). The zoo is constantly developing and improving the animal enclosures in order to provide better environments for the animals and a pleasurable experience for visitors.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 12:07
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The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV TowerThe Oriental Pearl TV Tower (dōng fāng míng zhū tǎ 东方明珠塔) is located in Pudong (pǔ dōng 浦东) Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. The tower, surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu (nán pǔ 南浦) Bridge in the southwest, creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.

This 468 meters high (1,536 feet) tower is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia. However, even more alluring than its height is the tower's unique architectural design that makes the Oriental Pearl TV Tower one of the most attractive places anywhere. The base of the tower is supported by three seven-meter wide slanting stanchions (lì zhù 立柱). Surrounding the eleven steel spheres that are 'strung' vertically through the center of the tower are three nine-meter wide columns. There are three large spheres including the top sphere, known as the space module. Then there are five smaller spheres and three decorative spheres on the tower base. The entire structure rests on rich green grassland and gives the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2009 17:14
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Yuyuan Gardens

Yuyuan GardenYuyuan Garden (yù yuán 豫园) is a famous classical garden located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2009 17:47
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