The most dynamic city in the world’s fastest changing nation, Shanghai is an exhilarating, ever morphing metropolis that isn’t just living China’s dream, but is setting the pace for the rest of the world.
Shanghai is known as ‘New York of China’. Shanghai is much more Hong Kong than Beijing; there are no imperial palaces here. Instead, European-style cityscapes and tempting, tree-lined neighbor hoods rub shoulders with the sci-fi skyline of Pudong. Shanghai was where China first met the West and it’s still a frontier town, obsessed with the latest fads, fashions and technology.
But tucked between the shopping malls and the eye-popping modern architecture is the old Shanghai, where temples nestle down alleys, along with street markets and classical Chinese gardens. Shanghai is a city of stunning contrasts, where visitors can go from sipping a cocktail in a designer bar overlooking the Bund, to eating dumplings at a street stall, or gazing at a 10th century Buddhist monastery, in the space of a few hours. Summer is hot and humid, winter can get cold, but Shanghai never stops.
The city is growing too fast, with ingenuity and creativity blueprints. The thousands of overseas Chinese choosing to return to Shanghai every year, there’s no doubting that this is China’s golden land of opportunity. For the people who live here, that’s enough for the moment and their pride in their city and its progress is palpable. Once again, Shanghai has captured the world’s imagination.