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Shanghai Travel Guide

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Plan Your Shanghai Vacation

Until 1842, the "City Above the Sea" was a small fishing village. After the first Opium War, the village was carved up into autonomous concessions administered concurrently by the British, French, and Americans. As the most Westernized city in China after Hong Kong, Shanghai is at the forefront of China's modernization. Nearly a quarter of the world's construction cranes stand in this

city. Still, architectural remnants of a colonial past survive along the winding, bustling streets.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Skyline Views Head to the top of theShanghai World Financial Center, known to locals as the"bottle opener," or the pagoda-inspired Jin Mao and look straight into the clouds. Shanghai World Financial Center, known to locals as the "bottle opener," or the pagoda-inspired Jin Mao and look straight into the clouds.
  2. Shanghai Museum The far-flung Power Station of Art is a contemporary hub worth the trek down to the former World Expo site.
  3. Shopping Overload For a break from Shanghai's conspicuous consumption, head west from Xintiandi to Fuxing Park, where couples ballroom dance all afternoon long.
  4. Yu Garden When not too crowded, the garden offers a few minutes of peace and beauty amid the clamor of the city, with rocks, trees, and walls curved to resemble dragons, bridges, and pavilions.

When To Go

When to Go

The best time to visit Shanghai is early spring or early fall, when the weather is good and crowds diminish. Although temperatures are scorching ...

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