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A church earns high praise

08-09-2010 11:32 BJT

Suburban Sheshan has one of the city's most impressive places of worship.

Although the Expo 2010 Shanghai is undoubtedly the focal point for tourists coming to Shanghai this year, there are many other world-class attractions in the city that will keep you occupied when away from the Expo Garden, including the Bund, Nanjing Road shopping precinct, the former French Concession area and a plethora of theme parks.

Vaulted ceilings feature grandly inside the Sheshan Basilica. Provided to China Daily 
Vaulted ceilings feature grandly inside the Sheshan Basilica.
Provided to China Daily 

However, if you really want to relax and enjoy some moments of tranquility away from all the fanfare and crowds of visitors, you could add to your schedule a trip to Shanghai's suburban areas.

Sheshan, in Shanghai's western suburban Songjiang district, seems like a place only for company team-building excursions and trips to one of its five-star resorts. But, in fact, this otherwise unfashionable tourist spot is home to a number of attractions and is easily accessible from downtown via the city's comprehensive Metro system - just take Metro line 1 to Xujiahui station and switch to Metro line 9.

Sheshan is home to Shanghai's solitary hill, a sculpture park and an observatory. But its main attraction sits on top of the aforementioned hill: the Sheshan Basilica, a cathedral claimed to be the largest in the Far East.

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