A few words on Shanghai
As a symbol of China's emerging modernity, Shanghai deserves to be visited as one and only. This is probably not the place for you if you are searching for tradition and rituals. Birthplace of Chinese Communism and a city of growing capitalism, Shanghai's main interest is its incredible economy, almost alive, and so powerful... Upmarket, yet filled with working class elements, protectionist and oriented towards the future, Shanghai is known truly as a liberal zone, certainly in an economic sense. As proof, the buoyant Yangshan harbour seems determined to become the largest on earth. Its population growth is equally incredible.
Back in the 19th century, Shanghai was a Western concession before it was defeated during the Opium Wars and the ratification of the Nankin Treaty. Since then, Shanghai has grown considerably, although the city has managed to keep its secular identity; you will probably be dragged into the fabric souks, the centenarian gardens and Buddhist temples.
A few pictures on Shanghai
Located along the River Huangpu and facing Pudong, it has transformed from an administrative to upmarket district. Therefore, you will find an abundance of restaurants, shops and spas.
Looking for a bit of chaos and clutter? In this ancient quarter, you will be entertained by busy, disorganised food markets !
You will be able to locate the main markets around Yuyuan Garden: flowers, fabrics, antiques, souvenirs, it's all here in the old town…Looking for a custom made outfit? You've come to the right place!
This square is bordered by the national opera, city hall, Arts Museum and the History Museum… You will also find Nankin Street, a prominent shopping precinct, which begins at the square and ends in the Bund.
Probably not the most enticing of districts, but it does offer a wonderful view it over Shanghai. You will additionally locate the famous Oriental Pearl television tower in this vicinity.
These ancient docks have been transformed into art galleries, studios along with factory floor architects, giving this quarter a creative underground feel.
A neighbourhood bordered by both colonial housing and fashionable restaurants: a curious mix of ancient history and modern life.
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