Culture, food, and attractions of Shanghai
Culture, food, and attractions of Shanghai
  • Reporter Park Geun-woo
  • 승인 2017.02.10 19:26
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There is one thing for sure about traveling China as a Korean. The prevalent convention for China in Korea influences the tour experience a lot at first. It goes both ways in a very extreme sense especially when traveling Shanghai. The first thing to notice when driving from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to downtown Shanghai is the colossal highways that stretch almost endlessly. The everlasting vertical scale is insurmountable. The next thing to notice is the prevailing color of the city. Abundant skyscrapers and busy intersections and streets make it clear why Shanghai is called “the economic heart of China.” However, if one had expected strong and vibrant colors like that from Seoul, New York, and cities from Europe, Shanghai’s less developed villages, which account for much of the city, will most certainly crush her anticipations. Until this point, Korean tourists could think their expectations of China totally fit to the sightings during the day. However, the nighttime sightseeing in Shanghai on the Huangpu River Cruise will leave one breathless.Shanghai, located in the Yangtze River Delta of eastern China, is one of the most populous cities in the world, and is one of China’s four directly controlled municipalities. As a global financial center and a transport hub, the historical significance of Shanghai is impressive. Shanghai is also recognized as a city with one of the fastest growing number of skyscrapers. The boom for the buildings ignited during the city’s prime days as a multinational center for business and finance. Pudong District sits just on the other side of The Bund, which is located along the western bank of the Huangpu River. It has Shanghai’s most well-known skyscrapers, including Shanghai’s three tallest buildings: Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Oriental Pearl Tower. At night, the government-organized blazing neon light from every building lined up along the river is the most amazing experience for tourists in Shanghai.Meanwhile, though Shanghai is only a one or two hour flight away from Korea, the food and heritage of the city is nothing like one might expect. Like other traditional Chinese foods, Shanghai cuisine is most notable in three aspects: color, smell and taste. As Indian dishes use turmeric powder, most Shanghai dishes include coriander as a fundamental ingredient, which gives them a unique bitter and sour smell. The cooking techniques and seasoning is what puts a big difference between cuisines in China and Korea. One will be surprised at the diversity and combinations of the ingredients. Shanghai also has quite a lot to show for the first-comers, including Yu Garden from Ming Dynasty, Shanghai Museum, where thousands of years of history are recorded, and Xintiandi, the shopping and entertainment district of Shanghai. The city of Shanghai carries both the history and the best of the 21st century. This is what makes the city entrancing.