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Shanghai is the place where China and the western world collide in an explosion of gleaming skyscrapers, financial institutions and luxury goods. The city’s position on the mouth of the Yangtze River, making it perfect for shipping, was noted as far back as the Qing Dynasty (16th century) but a boom in the 19th century is what put it on the map and piqued the interest of Europe. After the British were victorious over China in the First Opium War, Shanghai was open for business. It was only recently, in the 1990s, that Shanghai regained its status as financial world power. The area that is now Pudong was still agricultural land 20 years ago - since then the business conducted here is what is fuelling Shanghai’s huge economic advances, making it China’s most prosperous city.
Our Shanghai tours are more about experience than sights - there are shopping malls, luxury hotels and entertainment abound and a population that has a penchant for materialism. However, dig a little deeper and you will find plenty of treasures amongst the thousands of glass towers. The atmospheric alleys of Old Shanghai replete with old temples still buzzing with worship are easily explored, there is a wealth of Art Deco architecture (most famously on The Bund) from the golden age of colonial power in the 1920s and 1930s and plenty of new museums and galleries to saunter around. For the perfect overview of the city's contrasts, take to the waters of the Huangpu River for a relaxed cruise.
No trip to Shanghai would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.
one of Shanghai's many busy highways, always full of trading ships, tourist boats and traditional sampans.
One of China's most esteemed and acclaimed museums housing comprehensive collection.
A beautiful strand of colonial-style Art Deco buildings that once housed the great banks and trading houses.
Shanghai's suburbs are dotted with tranquil water towns. Set along the canals that were once used to carry goods all over imperial China.
A prime example of a classical Chinese garden in the heart of downtown Shanghai.
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We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Shanghai: