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Revealed - 8 sights to behold

THE new Best Eight Shanghai Scenic Spots were announced yesterday after an exhaustive survey canvassing both residents and experts.

The winners included both traditional attractions, such as the Bund and Yuyuan Garden, and "new kids on the block," like the Lujiazui area, Shanghai Tourism Administration said.

Officials said the new Best Eight, of both natural and man-made landscapes, represented the city's culture, history and course of development.

They were popular among both local people and tourists from home and abroad, the officials said.

More than 33,700 people from all walks of life participated in the selection process, commending 300-plus scenic areas.

Construction and tourism authorities, tourists, artists and writers also gave opinions during the process, which lasted about three months.

Writers and experts first named the Best Eight Scenic Spots in the city about 100 years ago. Most of them were natural spots and six of them have disappeared as the city has evolved.

The "Evening Bell of Longhua Temple," one of the two still existing today, won the "Special Award" in the latest selection process.

"The new Best Eight Scenic Spots will be appealing to visitors in the long term," said Wang Dawu, a professor with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, who participated in the selection process.

From early October, the administration will start collecting special names for the new Best Eight.

People have been encouraged to submit names, of four to five Chinese characters, which express the spots' characteristics and essence.

Zhu Jianlin, a deaf man, 60, has contributed names for the eight spots, such as san tan ying xia, which means "the Bund welcoming the morning glow."

And the winners are ...

1. The Bund

The Bund is known as "the Gallery of World Architecture." It is undergoing massive reconstruction and will again become a financial hub.

2. Yuyuan Garden area

The area includes Yuyuan Garden and the City God Temple.

3. Lujiazui area

The Oriental Pearl TV Power, Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center represent "the heights of the city."

4. Shikumen buildings

Shikumen is the typical construction style in Shanghai, bearing both Chinese and Western style.

5. Nanjing Road E.

The street, with about 100 years of history, is one of the most prosperous areas in Shanghai. It was restored as a pedestrian mall in 1999.

6. Sheshan Hill resort

In Songjiang District, the resort has the biggest Catholic Church in east China and one of the earliest astronomical observatories in the nation. New scenic spots have added energy.

7. Fengjing ancient town

The town in Jinshan District is a typical water town in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is also the cradle of farmer-painters.

8. Dianshan Lake resort

In Qingpu District, it is the largest natural lake in Shanghai. Scenic areas, such as Zhujiajiao Water Town, Daguanyuan Garden and Oriental Land welcome lake visitors.


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