The stores are overstuffed with goods at wholesale prices and inquisitive travelers looking to acquire the best deals, which is why most of the buildings that house the suppliers are absolutely massive. In addition, because many of the business ship their items worldwide, Yiwu is full of international visitors from nearly every region of the globe at any given time.
From Kunshan, Yiwu is only about 2hrs away by high-speed train, and about 5hrs away by K train.
SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER
Completed in 2008, the skyscraper reaches a staggering height of 492 meters, which is why it is a perfect destination for adrenaline junkies looking to capture the best possible 360 vantage point of Shanghai. For 180rmb, guest can travel to the center’s observatory deck located on the 100th floor. And trust me, the view of Shanghai from 474 meters up is absolutely spectacular. Nevertheless, there is a word of caution: if you’re afraid of heights, I strongly implore you not to make this trip!
Learn more at the Shanghai World Financial Tower website!
HUMBLE ADMINISTRATOR'S GARDEN - SUZHOU
Aside from being riddled with lush green trees and small ponds, the garden consists of ancient Chinese pavilions, bridges, and lofts, which is a perfect setting for travelers interested in exploring a peaceful, pictorial landmarks often displayed in Chinese history.
In addition, the route to the garden is jam-packed with dozens of boutique shops selling small commodities, crafts, and souvenirs. The area is also not too far from Suzhou Industrial Park.
Directions: Head to Suzhou Station. At thus Bus Terminal, hop on Bus #178 or #202 and head to Dongbei Jie Road, which is about the 4th stop. You’ll see signs for the Suzhou Museum. The garden is next to it.
YUYUAN GARDEN - SHANGHAI
The garden itself, though small, is quite stunning. You’ll have the opportunity to cross a winding bridge over a pond while catching sight of pavilions, Jade rocks, lush trees, goldfish, and hundreds of tourist at any given time snapping photos or going about their way to buy goods.
Directions: Hop on a Subway to Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai.
JING'AN TEMPLE - SHANGHAI
The temple contains shrines, Buddhist statues, and a picturesque backdrop of traditional Chinese culture and architecture. Entrance to the landmark is 30rmb, and you’ll only need about 1hr to explore.
By the way, when you’re done visiting the temple, make sure to stop by the Windows Bar, a nice foreign hang-out spot, located adjacent to the shopping plaza, next to the Hagen Daaz.
Directions: Hop on a Subway to Jing’an Station in Shanghai.