Shanghai

Shanghai is the largest city in China, with a population of nearly 26 million and a land area of 3,355 square miles.
Despite these impressive statistics, for the visitor, Shanghai feels like a compact city with all of the main attractions easily accessible
by clean, and safe, public transport or via plentiful and extremely reasonable taxis.

The city flourished as a centre of commerce between East and West, and became a multinational hub of finance and business by
the 1930s. Today, Shanghai is the largest centre of commerce and finance in mainland China, and has been described as the "showpiece"
of the world's fastest-growing major economy.

A flourishing commercial and industrial centre, Shanghai contains the most striking blend of oriental and western cultures and
of the past and present. In this city, the Magnetic-Levitation (Maglev) train, at the speed of up to 430 km/hr (267 miles/hr), rides from
the international airport to the city in less than eight minutes. From there more than 15 metro lines can easily transport
inhabitants, and tourists, to any corner of city.
Unlike many Chinese cities, that appear to have forgotten that people occasionally like to walk, much of Shanghai is made for walking
and cycling. While wandering, or riding, through shady sycamore trees past elegant villas in the colonial-era French Concession,
travelers will find European-style buildings harmoniously standing alongside typical Chinese structures and ancient temples.

Shanghai is a fascinating city for night owls. The Bund is an absolute must for visitors. The rippling Huangpu River, characteristic Western
style buildings on the west bank and extraordinarily futuristic skyscrapers on the east bank, all become more enchanting adorned
in sparkling coloured lights at night. A night cruise on the Huangpu River is highly recommended.

For art lovers, Shanghai’s Grand Theater, Oriental Art Centre and many other performance venues will delight. While Nanjing Xi Road and
Xin Tian Di offer visitors a variety of nightclubs, bars, coffee houses and boutique shopping.

For lovers of fine dining and bar/club culture Shanghai now rivals any city in the world, with a mind boggling
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