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Where to go in Shanghai depends largely on your time period. You can

Visit Yuyuan Garden, which is loaded with classical Chinese architecture. Pathways wind through rock gardens and bamboo stands, and stone bridges cross pools filled with bright carp. The word "yu" translates to "peace and health" and the park was certainly designed with tranquility in mind.

Take an elevator to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower , the tallest TV tower in Asia with the height of 468 meters. On a good day, the sprawling views are spectacular!

Enter Shanghai Xintiandi, Lane 181, Taicang Road. A small pedestrianised area of the city featuring rebuilt traditional shikumen (stone gate) houses. Housing a cinema complex, mall, numerous bars, cafes and art galleries marketed towards foreign visitors and the more affluent locals. Close to where the Communist party headquarters were located.

Enter Shanghai International Convention Center, where the '99 Fortune Global Forum was held. It is located in the southwest of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong and covers an area of 45,000 square meters with a landscaped square of 30,000 square meters. There are 259 guest rooms, including presidential suites, executive suites, standard rooms, Chinese and Western restaurants, a coffee room, a nightclub, a show room, a gym, a swimming pool, a bowling room, a billiard room, a sauna bath and a shopping arcade.

Walk along Nanjing Dong Lu in the evening. Start at People Square and enjoy the bright neons and lights of this pedestrian road. For a longer walk, continue your way to the Bund and enjoy the bright lights of Pudong.

Take a ride on the Maglev train either to or from the Pudong Airport. 431 K/hr is a cool ride.

Take photos of the old style buildings in the Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao shopping district. Come back at night after 6.30 pm when the lights are on for an experience. Eat upstairs at one of the restaurants overlooking the square on Yu Yuan Lu (a pond criss-crossed by a zig-zag bridge and tea room) and see the reflections of the night lights.

Go to the electronic market right next to baoshan metro station. They sell electronics, but also all sorts of crazy stuff.

The world expo in Shanghai (EXPO2010) will take place in Shanghai from May 1 to October 31, 2010.Some exhibits may already be open and visitable early.For more info and latest news go to expo website

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