Best Cities to Visit in China (VIII): Shanghai

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Best Cities to Visit in China (VIII): Shanghai

Best Cities to Visit in China: Shanghai

 

"No other city fell to communism in so feverish a whirl of pleasure, dissoluteness, rapacity, and squalor…those who witnessed it will almost certainly never see its like again." – Pan Ling, In Search of Old Shanghai

 

If Beijing pulls the country's strings, Shanghai is surely the locomotive, propelling the country ahead with its financial clout and designer lifestyle. Back when the rest of the China was still regarding the outside world with a mix of aloofness and distrust, Shanghai was already eagerly importing the foreign ideas and trends that would go on to shape the country in the 20th century. 

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Shanghai

 

Vestiges of the Shanghai myth – the one-time "Whore of the Orient" renowned for crime, decadence, and outright exploitation – still form some visitors' expectations, but if one thing has changed, it's that Shanghai today is much more interested in hard work than instant gratification. 

 

After you've peered into the infinite horizon of China's past in Beijing, it's time to visit Shanghai to get a genuine glimpse of what lies ahead.

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Shanghai

 

What's here? Stroll the Bund, peer out at the world from the top of a skyscraper, wander the former French Concession for a round of shopping or visit the Old Town for more of the same. Wherever you go in Shanghai, eating is of utmost importance, but don't be surprised if you find yourself admiring art here as well – places like the Shanghai Museum are on a par with anything you'll see in Beijing.

 

Best Cities to Visit in China: Shanghai

 

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