"Shanghai" Shanghai by roamer61

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Whereas Xian is the ancient history of China and Beijing is the history of the past 600 years, Shanghai is the present and future of China. It is a sprawling megalopolis thats full of graceful skyscrapers, many built only within the past 15 years.
The city is divided into several major districts. Pudong, or the new city is dominated by the Pearl Tower, a tall edifice that today is the symbol of modern Shanghai.

Shanghai's history really begins in the 19th Century when it was a bastion of the British Empire in Asia. Many buildings along the famous Bund were built in the late 19th Century and early decades of the 20th, during the 20s and 30s.

Today, not only is it Chinas largest city, but also one of its main economic and cultural centers. The city draws countless business travelers each year as well as vacationers. There is shopping galore and it has some of the best dining anywhere. Including many international restaurants n the French Concession and elsewhere.

Traffic is crazy as in many other large cities. But taxis and buses are abundant and there are 2 rail stations with trains that go everywhere. In addition, there is a extensive and very clean subway system that can get you almost anywhere you want to go.

So Shanghai has something for everyone. Whether you are there on business or on holiday, the city is a must see for any trip to China.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The city that has it all.
  • Cons:Loads of traffic and very congested
  • In a nutshell:A must see for any first time trip to China.
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