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Radiating the confident facet of China, the charm of Shanghai is infectious.  Take a relaxing break at the Bund to watch ships across the river or amaze yourself with the great variety of building styles.  Lose yourself in the crowd in People’s Square.  The Fabric Market will be the favorite place for shoppers, where bargains for suits or tailor-made dresses are available.  Explore the dazzling nightlife across all fashionable bars, restaurants and clubs, all under the vibrant neon lights.

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MAR 31, 2016: Rainy day at the Nanjing Road in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets  (Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MAR 31, 2016: Rainy day at the Nanjing Road in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets  (Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MARCH 18: Street food at Nanjing Road on March 18, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai, and is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets.  (astudio / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI-JUNE 6. People walking at the Bund. The Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, once housed numerous Western banks and trading houses. Shanghai, June 6, 2013.  (TonyV3112 / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI-JUNE 6, 2013. Girls pose at the Bund riverside. Bund boulevard offers view on Pudong which houses Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone and Shanghai Stock Exchange, it is China’s financial center.  (TonyV3112 / Shutterstock)

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Shanghai, China – Nov. 6, 2015: beautiful shanghai bund viewed from North Binjiang the Bund green in the twilight, including many famous landmarks in Shanghai.  (atiger / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI – APRIL 15: Tourists come to visit the bund on April 11st, 2015 in Shanghai. The bund is the western bank of the Hangpu river facing pudong district.  (Parmna / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI-MAY 4: Old buildings and street view in Waitan of Shanghai. Waitan is the most beautiful river bank in Shanghai. May 4 2013  (Pioneron / Shutterstock)

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15 JANUARY 2014 – SHANGHAI, CHINA – Iron bull statue out front of Chinese banks on the Bund, Shanghai  (Peter Stuckings / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI – NOVEMBER 4: Street dancers in Shanghai main shopping district on November 4, 2012 in East Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China. Street dancing is a popular culture in Shanghai dating to the 1930s.  (Gwoeii / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI,CHINA – Feb 8, 2014:Shanghai science and technology. A museum that base of popular science education in Pudong, Shanghai. It is a famous place for local tourist.  (Lau Chun Kit / Shutterstock)

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Shanghai, China – September 7, 2015: Tourist enjoying the breathtaking view from the observatory floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) building, China.  (mihaiulia / Shutterstock)

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Shanghai, China – September 7, 2015: Tourist enjoying the breathtaking view from the observatory floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) building, China.  (mihaiulia / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – NOVEMBER 20, 2015 InteriorSuper Brand Mall. mall. It occupies a prominent position southeast of the Lujiazui roundabout, across the Oriental Pearl Tower  (Liudmila Kotvitckaia / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CH – MAR 25 2015:Passengers in Shanghai Metro train station. Shanghai Metro ranks third in the world in annual ridership, with 2.5 billion rides delivered in 2013.  (ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI-JUNE 5, 2014. Girls seeking for attention. According 2010 national census, China’s unmarried population is huge: about 249 million 18-and-older Chinese are not married (18.6% of population).  (TonyV3112 / Shutterstock)

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BEIJING, CHINA – OCT 2015: A newspaper stand is open for business at the subway of BEIJING.  (Sean K / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINESE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC – CIRCA NOVEMBER 2015: Two chinese schoolgirls look at cakes in a shop window  (Arsirya / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MARCH 19: Unidentified Chinese people trades traditional food on March 19, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population.  (astudio / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MARCH 19: Unidentified Chinese people trades traditional food on March 19, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population.  (astudio / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MARCH 19: Unidentified Chinese people trades traditional food on March 19, 2016 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population. (astudio / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – November 10. People buy snacks in an indoor take away food restaurant on November 10, 2014 in the Old Town of Shanghai  (ingehogenbijl / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI – MARCH 09: Newly restored buildings in traditional style in Qibao ancient water town which is a popular tourist destination on March 09, 2016 in Shanghai.  (asiastock / Shutterstock)

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QIBAO, SHANGHAI-MARCH 16, 2010: vendor proposing typical Chinese snacks. Qibao water village is Shanghai tourist attraction with 1000000 visitors year  (claudio zaccherini / Shutterstock)

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ZHUJIAJIAO, CHINA – NOVEMBER 10, 2014: An unidentified tourist takes in the sights of the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai, from the Fangsheng Bridge.  (Paul McKinnon / Shutterstock)

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ZHUJIAJIAO, CHINA – NOVEMBER 10, 2014: Local fishing people navigate boat in the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai.  (Paul McKinnon / Shutterstock)

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ZHOUZHUANG, SHANGHAI – April 11, 2011 : Zhouzhuang, the ancient water village is Shanghai tourist attraction with 1,000,000 visitors per year and there are a lot of variety activities have done here.  (simpleBE / Shutterstock)

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ZHOUZHUANG, SHANGHAI-NOVEMBER 12: actors performing in a Chinese theater. Zhouzhuang water village is Shanghai tourist attraction with 1000000 visitors year November 12, 2007  (claudio zaccherini / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MARCH 22: Tourists and residents walks at Yuyuan Tourist Mart (also called YuYuan Market) near Yuyuan Garden in Old City area on March 22, 2013 in Shanghai  (Fotokon / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MAR 31, 2016: Nature of the Yu or Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness), an extensive Chinese garden located Old City of Shanghai, China  (Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – MAR 31, 2016: Pavillion at the Yu or Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Happiness), an extensive Chinese garden located Old City of Shanghai, China  (Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI – MARCH 11: Chinese people exercising in Yu garden park during sunset on a platform above the park on March 11, 2016, in Shanghai  (asiastock / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CN – MAR 16 2015:Yuyuan Tourist Mart in Shanghai, China.It is an important cultural asset and a traditional sightseeing spot in Shanghai, boasting the most beauty in the southeast.  (ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI – FEBRUARY 25: tourists visit Yuyuan garden during lantern festival on February 25, 2013 in Shanghai. Shanghai is the largest city by population in the world with 23 million as in 2010.  (BassKwong / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI – MARCH 07: People sitting on the grass and talking outside Shanghai South Railway station during sunset on March 07, 2016 in Shanghai.  (asiastock / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CHINA – SEP 17: people walking at the bund waterfront hangpu river on Sep 17, 2013 in Shanghai, The bund is the western bank of the Hangpu river facing pudong district.  (GuoZhongHua / Shutterstock)

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SHANGHAI, CN – MAR 17 2015:Visitors at Nanjing Road. It is the main shopping street of Shanghai, China, and is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets.  (ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock)

Useful Reference

Shanghai – A City of Many Faces
By Roberta Stuart

Shanghai divides easily into three major parts: the Old City; the Former French, British and America Concessions; and Pudong, the New Shanghai. While the structures of the older city tend to reflect typically older or traditional Chinese culture, the Pudong projects its vision of Shanghai with towering skyscrapers and bright lights. Wherever you stay, in traditional or newer luxury hotels, Shanghai promises you will experience a city in which the past and the present coexist.

Architectural Contrasts

In Shanghai, architecture reflects the trends and culture of the period. The Bund is, however, the best place to visit to view the range of popular international styles of the 1920s and 1930s. In construction of its banks, theatres and luxury hotels, Shanghai saw the favouring of the Art Deco style. This is particularly true in the Peace Hotel by Palmer and Turner and the Park Hotel by L. Hudec.

In parts of the Old City, the international look never gained a footing. Art Deco was not common, but traditional Shikumen (old stone gatehouse) houses remain. So, too, do temples and market places. In Xintiandi, renovation and restoration has modernised the Shikumen, turning them into trendy bars, chic stores and high-end restaurants.

Across the river, a different type of architecture plays out. This is the Shanghai of the future. In Pudong, the buildings and towers are bold and brassy. They reflect the new Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl tower is the tallest of its kind in Asia, while the silvery-coloured Jinmao Tower is a marvellously elegant and rich 88-floor hotel. The Shanghai World Financial Centre is also in Pudong. Constructed in 2008, it rises up 101 stories. This impressive structure includes the Skywalk, an observation platform, and the world’s highest hotel – the Park Shanghai Hyatt.

Museums – Big and Small

You can often judge the worth of a city by how it takes care of and presents its past. While it boasts high-end shopping, lively entertainment, beautiful architecture and luxury hotels, Shanghai also allows visitors a look at the city’s past. It even provides a look at different aspects of the city’s cultural history.

A visit to the city is not complete without spending time admiring all that the Shanghai Museum in People’s Square has to offer. Among the more than 120,000 pieces are truly unique items. The Sancai (3-colour) pottery figures are exquisite in design and rendering. The Shang Bronzes include some wonderful objects of skilled craftsmanship and art. In the Jade Gallery, you can wander past delicately carved pieces of jade. Some date back as far as the 31st century C.B.E. The exhibits include skilfully rendered and ornate artefacts that range from the Neolithic period to the Quing Dynasty.

Shanghai hosts other smaller, and often curious, museums. One of the more intriguing local museums is the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum. You can locate it on Changyang Road, Hongkou District. The 1927 structure originally housed the Ohel Moshe Synagogue. During the 1930s and into the period of World War II, the Synagogue was the place of worship for many of the Jewish refugees seeking safety from the ongoing slaughter. Shanghai, unlike other cities and countries, did not refuse Jews. In fact, it took in approximately 25,000.

Today, the Synagogue is a reminder of an important part of Shanghai’s past and Jewish history. The former Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, came to the Museum in 1993. He admired the various cultural relics, including ancient scrolls. Yet, he also came to thank the people in Shanghai for doing what so many other peoples and nations had failed to do.

Entertainment that Delights

You can find entertainment in many of the city’s luxury hotels. Shanghai, however, beckons visitors with a variety of venues and forms of entertainment. They reflect Shanghai’s heritage as both traditional and western-influenced offerings vie for your attention. Catch the incredible and world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe at either the Shanghai Circus World or over at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. The Peace Hotel offers traditional New Orleans Jazz nightly, while over at Babyface, the trendy and popular nightclub, visitors can people-watch and listen to more mainstream music.

If you are a fan of opera, consider sampling Chinese opera. The Yifu Theatre provides classic examples of this stylised form of traditional music. The Heluting Concert Hall, meanwhile, provides performances of classical and chamber music while the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is on stage at the modern, butterfly-shaped Shanghai Oriental Art Centre.

Jazz and Blues are alive in Shanghai. Visit the Cotton Club, the J2 Club or even the House of Blues and Jazz. Alternatively, you can check a local guide and find any number of modern techno, indie or popular music venues.

Looking for luxury hotels Shanghai Roberta Stuart is the Travel Manager for World Hotels, a company offering the best rooms at luxury hotels Shanghai and a selection of unique and four and five star hotels around the world.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Roberta_Stuart/784997
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