Jing An is a vibrant business and residential district in central Shanghai
. Come and discover the complex history of this charming city, which is full of tiny alleyways, enormous shopping malls and very ancient temples. Book your Jing An hotel and stay in the high-class area of the city, where you can enjoy all of its cultural delights on your next holiday!
The district received its name from the Jing An Temple, an ancient Chinese Buddhist temple. The original was first built in 247 AD, and was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. It has been destroyed a number of times, and the current structure was last rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty. Come and see the largest seated jade Buddha in the world, which stands at 3.8m tall. Relax with the locals at the nearby Jing An Park, which is a lovely spot for a picnic lunch.
Stop in at People's Square, which is the political and cultural centre of the city. Part of this square was once a racecourse in the colonial era, but has since been converted into a massive park. You may recognize this square from pictures of the Cultural Revolution in China, because it's the place where one million Red Guards gathered in 1966. Across from the square is the Shanghai Museum, which is the premier museum of Chinese art and artefacts. Explore the state of the art exhibitions and marvel at the world's largest collection of Chinese bronze relics.
Love art? Don't miss the Shanghai Art Gallery and their many local and international artworks. To learn about the history of the city, visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where you can see what everything used to look like alongside an attempt to map the future. The centrepiece is a massive scale model of what Shanghai will look like in 2020. Check out the Shanghai Grand Opera Palace and catch a show at one of the ten best opera houses in the world, or be amazed at the agility of the Chinese Circus in one of their many performances in the city.
Shoppers need look no further than Nanjing Road, which is one of the best shopping streets in Shanghai. To the east you'll find all of the boutique stores, cafes and restaurants, while high end fashion can be found in the west. The most prestigious shopping is found in the "Golden Triangle" which is at the intersection of the Plaza66, Citic Square and Westgate Malls.
Jing An is the perfect destination for your next trip to China. Sitting in the heart of Shanghai, it gives you easy access to the best attractions in the city so you can really make the most of your next vacation. All you need to do is find a deal on a flight to Shanghai
and browse through our fantastic range of Jing An accommodation. Book it in and start planning your next great trip today!