in the centre of modern shanghai is the old core of the city where the famous yuyuan garden rightfully attracts tourists from all over the world alongside the beautiful buildings with many little shops and restaurants. the old city of shanghai is usually the first stop on a visit to this metropolis, i hope these pictures will show you exactly why.
it really is a special feeling to roam around the streets of the old city of shanghai imagining how it was hundreds of years ago. and always remember to look up! you’ll get lost in all the detailed roofs and windows surrounding you. and maybe you’ll even be able to spot a cat skillfully climbing the pointed edges of the roofs ;)
if you would like to eat something in the old city, there are many options. from street vendors to fancy restaurants. they even have the most famous soup bun there, but you will have to wait in line for quite a while! we opted for the old shanghainese restaurant lu bo lang that is right beside the famous huxinting tea house. this restaurant is even in the michelin guide, thus also a little bit pricey. they are famous for their dim sum, so be sure to try some of it!
but the best aspect about the restaurant is definitely the location – they have a great view of the huxinting tea house and the bridge of nine turnings (a.k.a. zig-zag bridge – which although beautiful, very unpractical when tons of people are trying to get through while half of them want to get a good picture with the tea house in the background).
the huxinting tea house is one of the oldest buildings in the old city – it was even used by the british army as a headquarters during the first opium war! since then, it was visited by many important people and politicians. i mean, even the queen of england drank tea here ;)
my favourite part in the old city of shanghai is the yuyuan garden! first built in the 1559 it endured wars and many changes. but all of those even made it more fascinating. it is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the detail of the architecture, cliffs and the stunning lakes. leaving the bustling sounds of shanghai behind, you can definitely find a quiet place somewhere in the gardens, away from the tourist crowds and just breathe deeply while watching the huge koi fishes swim around.
another absolute must when in the old city of shanghai is the evening stroll. the lights accentuate the architecture in an almost magical way. see for yourself ;)
i hope you enjoyed this post! shanghai really is a divine city!