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IT'S great to have a three-day weekend in Shanghai. Enjoy the spectacular view from the little-known postal museum, go bird watching or beach strolling, or check out an extreme sports fest. Jiang Kunyang reports. Although there's no longer a week-long "golden" May Day holiday, the coming three-day weekend is still a good opportunity to relax and explore Shanghai. You can go sport, go museum, go nature or just stay at home.

Go sport

The X-Game park, SMP Skatepark Shanghai, built in 2005 is the world's biggest skatepark and playground for extreme sports fans. But you can also go skate boarding, climb rocks, shoot baskets or just sit in the sun.

The 12,000-square-meter complex of concrete bowls, banks, hips and rails features state-of-the-art and multi-functional racing ramps. It attracts many students from nearby universities.

The park is in the city's northeast fringe, Jiangwan New City, on the border of Yangpu and Baoshan districts, quite close to the Wujiaochang commercial area.

The entrance fee is 15 yuan (US$2.20) for members and 40 yuan for non-members on weekdays, and 25 yuan for members and 60 yuan for non-members on weekends. Membership offers other discounts.

SMP has also opened a new skatepark in Pudong, offering professional skate board lessons.

X-treme sports events are underway at Jiangwan Stadium, only 10 minutes' bus or bike ride from SMP park. Around 200 top action sports figures from more than 30 countries are competing in the KIA X-Games Asia.

It's not just sports, there's also music, food, folk arts and entertainment.

SMP Skate Park (Jiangwan)

Address: 2100 Songhu Rd

Tel: 5525-0901

SMP Skate Park (Pudong)

Address: 655 Yuanshen Rd

Tel: 5821-1777

KIA X-Games Asia

Date: April 30-May 3

Address: Jiangwan Stadium, 245 Songhu Rd, Yangpu District

Tel: 962-388, 400-666-6699

Go museum

The little-known Shanghai Post Museum is in the grand old Shanghai General Post Office Building at the north end of Sichuan Road Bridge on Suzhouhe Road N., not far from the Qipu Road.

The building is one of China's most outstanding contemporary buildings and a national historical site. It's also a symbol of the postal service.

Exhibits describe development of a postal service from ancient times. There's a wide collection of precious stamps.

You can also go up to the roof garden, offering spectacular views of Suzhou Creek, Pudong, the Bund and beyond. It also has one of the coolest clock towers in the city.

Shanghai Post Museum

Address: 250 Suzhou Rd N.

Tel: 6362-9898

Go nature

Dishui Lake, Zuiguanhai Park, Sanjiagang (Sanjia Harbor)

Start from Nanhui District's Lingang City, follow Pudong's Chuanyang River toward the mouth of the Yangtze River. Enjoy views of the water, birds and wetlands.

Dishui Lake, which means "Water Drop Lake," is around the size of the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. It's in the very eastern tip of the city, part of New Lingang City now being built. The lake is connected to Yangshan Deep-Water Port via the Donghai Bridge.

The lake is beautiful and more important, there are few tourists. You can go windsurfing or boating. Boards and other items can be rented from the water club at the lake. There's a free half-hour trial.

Nanhui's Zuiguanhai Park, connecting the East China Sea with Hangzhou Bay, features a massive, whale-shaped sculpture of sinan, the compass, one of China's great inventions.

It signifies that Shanghai is an international shipping center and symbolizes the future of Lingang City. The compass lies in the center of a plaza marked with the latitude and longitude of the world's top 10 port cities.

Sanjiagang beach is at the estuary of the Yangtze River, along the coast of the East China Sea, and close to Pudong International Airport. There's an open horizon, fresh air, beach and beautiful scenery. It's a good place for bird watching.

It has beach volleyball courts and seafood restaurants.

Beach entrance fee is 50 yuan.

Getting there: Take a Longlu Line shuttle bus at Metro Line 2 Longyang Road Station to the Luchao Port.


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