If you’re heading to Shanghai for Expo 2010, you certainly won’t be alone. Over 25 million tickets have already been sold, and Shanghai city officials are predicting 70 million visitors to visit by the time the Expo wraps up in October. If you are seeking some fresh-air experiences in and around Shanghai itself, here are five tips for short outdoor excursions:
1. Stroll along the riverside of the Bund for panoramic views of Pudong and the dramatic modern architecture of Lujiazui on the opposite bank, and explore the older Concession-era architecture in the roads west of the river.
2. Explore the French Concession, and meander the leafy backstreets.
3. Visit Shanghai’s famed Yuyuan Gardens and explore the shaded alcoves, sparkling fish ponds, and the beckoning classical pavilions quite unlike those that you’ll find at Expo 2010. If you go, go early and only on weekdays to avoid the crowds and get a taste of the tranquil atmosphere before the hordes descend.
4. Escape to yesteryear and head out of town for quintessentially Chinese landscapes.
5. Shanghai’s remaining food streets are great places to wander for their variety of food and atmosphere. Head to Huanghe Rd near People’s Park for cheap lunches to late-night snacks, and sample the broad variety of fried, boiled and steamed dumplings.