Shanghai has had numerous name tags attached to it throughout the past
century, like the "Paris of the Orient" , the "Pearl
Images of Shanghai more than any other city of China, are bountiful
in the west. A visit here therefore, is naturally tainted to
some extent, with a preconception of how Shanghai will be.
Shanghai is amodern and fast
paced city, rich in history, culture with
a wealth of areas with sites just waiting to be explored.
Shanghai particularly attractive are the many different styles
of architecture design throughout the city.
Shanghai was once
divided up into different "Concessions" or districts
which has left its landmarks and charmings such as Bund, which
was home to the "British Public Park" , The Japanese
and the French Concessions. The French quarter is a particularly
charming district to wander. There are many former residences
to look at and discover something about old Shanghai and the
people who lived here.
In places like Yuyuan you can do some serious antique shopping
or just lose yourself amidst the old alleys and streets.
Shang hai as a spectacularly modern
city is enjoying unbelievable pace of development- fastest in
Currently, seventeen percent
of the world's cranes are in this city. Developers boast that
the city is changing at a rate incomparable to anywhere else
in the world ever. The newest area of the city, Pudong, has
just celebrated its 10th anniversary and is almost unrecognizable
from the way it was when development began here.
For any visitor to China, perhaps
the most attractive thing about this city is just how
fashionable it is. Museums, galleries, restaurants and bars
have emerged in the past few years.