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Once a bastion of Western influence in the 19th and 20th century Orient, Shanghai has remained on the cutting edge of Chinese politics, commerce, and culture. And, now, tourism. The Bund, Shanghai’s riverside walk (and textbook example of good urban planning) along old colonial Art Deco, Romanesque Revival, and Gothic Revival buildings, offers fantastic views of the ultramodern Shanghai skyline across the river. The French Concession, an upscale tourist area known for its Western architecture, is packed full of both international stores and unique Shanghai retailers. First-time visitors of this vertical city gravitate to the Oriental Pearl Tower or the World Financial Center, the latter of which propels viewers 1,555 feet above ground. The ... Read more
popular Yu Garden attraction is an imperial monument and vibrant street vendor district melded into one. Culture vultures will seek out the Shanghai Museum with its outstanding collections of pottery, Chinese painting and bronze work from prehistoric times to the Qing Dynasty spread across four floors. Foodies will have the city's signature dish in mind long before arriving. Xiaolongbao, or steamed pork dumplings, rule here. Nightlife in Shanghai is simply unrivaled in China, with many nightclubs and bars located on the Bund or in Xintiandi. Shanghai hotels range from historical colonial buildings to 100-floor international-owned skyscrapers.

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Shanghai’s high humidity makes the range of temperatures throughout the year feel more extreme. The 80s and 90s (26°-35°C) of the summer months (in addition to the heavy rains) make the air feel oppressive, and the low 40s (4°-7°C) in winter can be bone-chillingly cold. Both spring and fall are much milder, but a burst of visitors attending conventions and bumping up hotel rates in September and October make March through May the most pleasant and affordable time of year to visit. Keep in mind that major Chinese holidays -- especially Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival -- can be exciting to participate in, but internal travel becomes extremely difficult during this time.
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Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the most unexpected great cities I have been to. Although I was only here for a 24 hour layover, I will most certainly come back for a longer stay. If you trip is as short as mine, it is possible to see so many things in one day.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Plenty of cool sites to see and vibrant nightlife. Very easy to get around the city by underground trains. I found the culture a bit abrasive towards tourists, and not the most inviting for solo travel.

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San Diego, California

My only regret is that I only spent a couple of days in Shanghai. There is so much to do here! After I read some of the other reviews I realized that I missed out on some really special things. I loved the blend of the old city and the impressive skyscrapers. Attended a really fun acrobatic show, and had some great food. Would definitely love to go back here some day.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Shanghai is my favorite city, that I visited in China. Its rich culture, cosmopolitan nightlife combined with tradition and history makes this one of the top destinations in the country. Everything you want to experience in a Chinese city can be found here.

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Petaluma, California, USA

This city has so much to offer. I love that it blends all these zones together. The side streets have local vendors selling jian bing in the morning, and then you turn a corner and you're next to a mega mall, then strolling the tree-lined avenues of the former French Concession. I love Shanghai.

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Los Angeles

Shanghai changed within the last 15 years drastically. It went from nothing to everything.

I went there 1997 as a kid to visit family. And then again in 2014. When it used to be flat country and a horizon to see in 2014 I saw a lot of skyscrapers. I remember being at the same place, it was empty. Now people call it THE BUND, it attracts thousands of people every year and all the people who used to live there became millionaires, because the city paid them to move away.

Hundreds of freeways, streets and restaurants were added to the city.
The nightlife was surprisingly extremely international. They love to have black bouncers and white people to work in clubs.

The prices in general went skyrocket still the food is amazing in this city and here and there you still find older buildings and places in its origin. But it's getting harder to find unfortunately. Shanghai became or is becoming a very international city.

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New York City

I have been to Shanghai at least a dozen times (even got married there) the city is very exciting, sexy and dynamic. Ride to the top of the Jin Mao building, once the tallest building in the city but no longer . . . but despite the view from the top is fantastic! The Hyatt Hotel is located in part of the tower and has a lovely place for a drink (about 65th floor) . . . However, what does bother me some is Shanghai is tearing down so much of traditional and "old areas" however, one of my favorite places to go to feel "tradition old world" is Yu Garden (see photo) they gave a wonderful tea house there. This area also well known for making the best Xiao long bao dumplings in Shanghai.

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With 24 million inhabitants, it is impossible to feel alone in this city. So much to do, see, eat and explore.

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Local from Shanghai, China

China Art Museum
Exhibition is the language of an art museum and one of the important ways to communicate with the audience. China Art Museum, Shanghai mainly dispalus modern and contemporary art, which fills the vacancy of the Shanghai art museum system. Together with Shanghai Museum for displaying ancient culture art and Power Station of Art for show contemporary art, the three museums form a mature art museum system and a diverse cultural structure, and become the booster to promote the cultural image of Shanghai and make Shanghai an international culture metropolis.
China Art Museum, Shanghai, on behalf of Shanghai, a well-known historical city with deep cultural heritages, tries to broaden mind and explore the combination of art exhibition with other humanistic domains based on the socialist strategy of becoming a powerful nation of culture and the responsibility to spread outstanding culture and educate with it. There are permanent exhibitions such as “ Bright Moon Rises in Shanghai-the Origin of Modern Art in China”, “The Exhibition for the Achievement of the Project of the Creation of Artworks Featuring Shanghai’s Historical and Cultural Development” and “Special Collection of Masterworks”. Based on them, China Art Museum plan to stage several exhibitions from domestic and overseas to let the audiences enjoy art in history and learn history from art. China and western cultures integrate together intensely in here. Besides, the treasure of Shanghai EXPO China Pavilion-” Multi- media Version: Along the River during the Qingming Festival”will become a permanent exhibition in China Art Museum to show the audience the integration of famous painting with modern science through space and time. Special exhibitions from China and abroad will host a glutenous feast to the audience, covering all kinds of art works from modern to contemporary, including sculptures, paintings and photography, etc
more information about Shanghai art from http://orientjourney.com/tours_list.aspx?category_id=82

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Sydney, Australia
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A historic treaty port back when China was a broken empire being exploited by the colonial powers, Shanghai is, on its surface, more Western than anywhere else in mainland China. The Bund, located on the west bank of the Huangpu river, represents this part of China's past - lovely Art Deco buildings that once housed the major banks and trading houses of Europe's great economic players. By contrast, the district of Pudong, directly across the river, stands in for the model of China's future - sprawling neon spaceship architecture of the kind envisioned by 1950's science fiction writers, in an area that 20 years ago was nothing more than marshland. It's the financial center of mainland China, and it's got the chic hotels, clubs, and expensive restaurants to prove it. Nonetheless, Shanghai often feels strangely insular, rather than international, and unless you're looking to live high off the hog, it can be something of a letdown. The fine architecture alone merits a visit, but for real character, many visitors to China (myself included) prefer Beijing.

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