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Xujiahui, Hongqiao and Gubei

Buyers throng the large malls in the shopping precinct at Xujiahui, which shines with neon and giant billboards. To the west are the districts of Hongqiao and Gubei, where expats live in high-walled compounds and drive huge SUVs. If you’re feeling homesick, a visit to Hongmei Lu and its string of Western restaurants will do the trick.

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