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    Maybe it's cuz I spent more time in Beijing, but Shanghai didn't really do it for me. The Bund at night is nice, but that's really all you need.

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  • ShanghaiPro 2014
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    This is a city that embodies the new and old China. From high tech trains to old shopping areas there is something for everyone. The building lights at night are very colorful as are the parade of boats on the river.

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  • ShanghaiPro 2014
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    Shanghai has a lot to offer as a vacation destination! History, modernism, great food at all price points, amazing shopping, and a pretty good public transit system. As visitors, we were afraid of the language barrier, but never had a problem. In fact, the taxi drivers all have cell phones to call a translator who helped us understand one another. We had an amazing time!

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  • Shanghai

    Nice promenade along the Huangpu river on the Pudong side. A good place for residents to take a stroll or laze on a weekend, not much there for tourists.

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  • ShanghaiPro 2014
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    Vibrant and modern. Shanghai has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. A must visit for anyone planning to visit China. The Bund, the French Concession and the Yuyuan Garden are three of my favorite sights.

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  • ShanghaiPro 2014
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    Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city. Whereas Beijing has the culture and imperial history, Shanghai has a more western and progressive vibe. Thus, it makes the city a really exciting place to visit. The restaurants are amazing and the bars and clubs are really cool and worth visiting.

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    It represents the modern style of cities in China.It also consists of the traditional culture in Shanghai. It is quite fascinating.

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    Spending a few weeks in Shanghai was the most transformative travel experience I have ever experienced. This Paris of the East has changed dramatically in the past ten years, so much so that some may deem it unrecognizable. It's China’s most populous city, boasting an impressive 23 million people, in a dynamic blend of an older architecture with a modern skyline. To clearly appreciate Shanghai’s unbelievable boom, start no further than The Bund. Considered to be the face of Shanghai, it’s where the city gets divided by the Huangpu River in two districts: Puxi (West of the Huangpu, the older side) and Pudong (East of the Huangpu, the modern side). Must-see attractions are the French Concession, Tian Zi Fang and Yuyuan Gardens. To get around the city, call The Magic Number to either speak to a representative in English or have someone speak Mandarin to the locals.

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    Many people think that Shanghai is just a modern city, but that is a far cry from the truth. Although it is very modern Shanghai also has many sights related to Chinese history and culture. In addition it is very easy to navigate, many people speak English and it is a small metropolis - most sights are easy to reach with metro or a cheap taxi ride. It is also the best place for seeing the transformation that is happening in China today.

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  • Shanghai

    ついに上海上陸〜♡
    PM2.5飛びまくりで、喉がおかしいけど、満喫中♡
    夜景が素敵すぎる〜♡

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  • Shanghai
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    Shanghai is my home town, I left there since 2007. Still missing lots of fun places and good restaurants... The subway in rush hour is chaos, and you always find people around you no matter when. Still love it...

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  • Shanghai

    爱情是趟旅行,把自己照顾好是第一要件,否则旅伴会累死。激情是景点,天旋地转是景点,浪漫满分也是景点,平淡日子才是情路两人倚靠看着窗外发呆绝大部分的旅途时光...

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  • Shanghai

    Ahh I was only in Shanghai for 3 days. What a shame. I want to go back. I love how modern this place looks. And I can stare at the Pudong Skyline forever. It's so beautiful. The nightlife here is amazing. People stay up till sunrise. I didn't get a chance to go shopping here, so I'm definitely going back one day!

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  • Shanghai

    Of course the shanghainese dumplings were amazing here! Also there's the Counterfeit Mall with not only counterfeit goods (no thanks for me), but also great souvenirs like tea cups, chop sticks and pashminas. Just go to the science museum about 20 mins outside of downtown and ask folks to point you to the counterfeit mall!

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  • ShanghaiPro 2014
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    Shanghai in recent years has transformed from just another Chinese city to one of the leading cities of the Pacific Rim. With the constructing of Pudong in the past decade the culture and skyline of Shanghai has been updated. The Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower are the main attractions.

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  • Shanghai

    Shanghai is awesome, but if you want to experience the Chinese New Year I suggest you go somewhere else. I went to the Bund, like thousands of expats, tourist and Chinese expecting an amazing firework display but we were all disappointed. If you want firework go to HK or Xian.

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  • Shanghai

    Impressing but without any real value...This city was a shock: all the skills to be "the place to be" but in reality is "the place NOT to be"- if you enjoy other things than shopping cheap of course!
    Try to find some of their buddhist temples so you can get a small taste of the culture they have chosen to abandon for a pair of fake ugg boots and you are in the heart of "China's most international city".
    The food though was really nice, but try to find the tinny restaurants were there are no english-spoken waiters. Warning: the ones that will speaks english to you are only trying to get some money from you, not to be your friends!

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    and still loving it !

    Shanghai is huge, but for me taking a walk down the French Concession, where I live, is what makes this city so great. Check out streets like Anfu Lu (安福路), and Sinan Lu (思南路) to enjoy the architecture, or have a good coffee at Ammoka (Yongfu Lu close to Wulumuqi Lu).

    The newly opened Sinan Mansions at SinNan Lu and Fuxing Lu is also a place to check out for dinner time.
    When you are ready to hit the bars, YongFu Lu (永福路) close to Fuxing Lu is the place to be, with great places like The Apartment, The Shelter, Shiva Lounge and more !

    Also a new place, Surpass Court on YongJia Lu and YueYang Lu is home to Shanghai's hip Spanish Bar, Lola, as well as other great dining and drinking places like Fulton Place, Brown Sugar and Indian Kitchen.

    Enjoy Shanghai !

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  • Shanghai

    Shanghai is a much nicer place to live than Beijiing because it has better food, less traffic, and less pollution. It is also more visually appealing. But, for tourism, Beijing is far more interesting.

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  • ShanghaiAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Shanghai is such a sexy mix of old, new, Chinese, and all that is globalization. It's a gorgeous architectural city, and I must say that skyline is one of the best in the world.

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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 and Romanesque buildings, offers spectacular views of the ultramodern Shanghai skyline across the river. The French Concession, an upscale tourist area known for its Western architecture, is chock full of both international stores and unique Shanghai retailers. A highlight to this vertical city is a trip to the Oriental Pearl Tower or the World Financial Center, the latter of which has the world's tallest observation deck at 1,555 feet above ground. The popular Yu Garden attraction is an imperial monument and vibrant street vendor district melded into one. The Shanghai Museum is also a big drawing card, with collections of pottery, Chinese painting and bronze work from prehistoric times to the Qing Dynasty spread across four floors. At restaurants look for the signature Shanghainese dish, xiaolongbao, steamed pork dumplings. Nightlife in Shanghai is not matched in China, with many nightclubs and bars ... read more
found on the Bund or in Xintiandi. In Shanghai, hotels range from historical colonial buildings to 100-story Western-owned skyscrapers.

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