Home to over 23 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest and most metropolitan city. During the 1930s, Shanghai was considered to be the biggest and most bustling city of the Eastern side of the world. The population is made up of over 9 million expats and the city is shared by thousands of tourists at any given time. With culture, modernity and an innovative demeanour, Shanghai has been at the top of China travel lists for years. People come from all over the world to visit Shanghai - here’s why.

The Futuristic Architecture

Shanghai is best known for its epic skyline. Despite the stunners you have seen in the pictures, the architecture up close is out of this world. Some of the buildings literally look as if they were designed to be placed on some futuristic planet. Visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, one of the most known and impressive buildings in the skyline. Its sight is stunning whether you view it from afar, up close or directly from inside. Visit the 88-story Jin Mao Tower, the World Financial Centre or just head to the Bund to see the entire skyline lit up in the evening.

The Distinct Chinese Culture

Despite being such a built-up city, Shanghai still holds on to its Chinese culture. Walk to the old town and visit some of the prominent temples such as the Jing’an Temple, Longhua Temple and the Jade Buddha Temple. Have traditional Chinese tea in one of the antiquated tea houses or see one of the shows featuring the Chinese acrobats. Guests can visit the nearby Zhujiajiao Water Town to see a 400-year old village filled with small canals, markets and bridges. Make a stop in the Shanghai Museum to learn a little history or visit the Yuyuan Gardens to see a Chinese tradition kept alive within this modern city.

To Taste The Food

Authentic Chinese food may be hard to come by in many parts of the world, but in Shanghai you have some of the most authentic options next to modern twists on the recipes. Start with roaming around the markets, especially in the old town to find lines of street stalls selling traditional snacks and noodle and rice dishes. Look for steamed dumplings, stuffed buns and the Shanghai hairy crabs. If you want to take a break from street food, the restaurant scene in Shanghai rivals even the most renowned of international cities.

To Wander The French Concession

This area was developed by the French starting in the 1800s and is often called the “Paris of the East”. Stroll around the European style streets and duck into a café every now and then for some Parisian treats. The houses look traditionally French as well as the shops, restaurants and parks. It’s a nice break from the rest of bustling Shanghai and is great for a day of shopping in the boutiques.

For a holiday filled with crossing cultures, a mixture of lifestyles and an overall Chinese theme, come to Shanghai for your next holiday.
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