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    Daisy Zhou
    5 Jan 03, 2013

    Dubbed as the oriental Paris more than a hundred years ago, Shanghai is the cosmopolitan for the world. Today, it's a hybrid of New York and Paris. Welcome to my hometown!

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  • ShanghaiPro 2014
    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    4 Dec 20, 2012

    The modern side of China =)

    So much shopping to do here & lots of modern chic restaurants to visit too.

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    Riccardo Benussi
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    4 Jun 03, 2014

    The hutongs south of YuYuan garden are remote and really off the beaten path. You can mingle with the people or just smell what they are cooking and see them rinse their hair in the alleys. A nice place to be in a late summer day with time on your hands to get lost, before having to go back into the bustling bling-blings of the city.

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    Christell Berger
    4 Nov 15, 2012

    Shanghai was my introduction to China. It's was a fun city to come into at night because after a long plane ride , you can hit the streets and head over to the Bund to get your blood flowing. I enjoyed walking along the streets parallel to Nanjing to capture a different view of the city. We found plenty of things to do for a couple of days like the Pearl Tower, Bund sight seeing tunnel, Yu Garden, Jing'an Temple, and a side trip to Suzhou. I stayed at the JW Marriot and found that to be really convenient.

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    Charies T.
    5 Oct 19, 2012

    Grand Gateway Plaza. A very luxurious mall. You find the most expensive things you could imagine here.

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    Barbara King
    5 Oct 11, 2012

    A mix of cultures, fascinating history, blend of traditional architecture with ultra modern, amazing cuisine and shopping! Vibrant and exciting!

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    Geng Wang
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    5 Jun 03, 2014

    I studied abroad in Shanghai at Fudan University for about 5 months. Simply put, it was the best 5 months ever. I loved it!

    Some general tips:

    1) Keep your wallet secure and your purse at your side, preferably in front of your body. There will be pick-pocketers in crowded areas.

    2) When negotiating to buy things try to bring a Chinese speaking friend. Go 30% of what their asking price. They always try to get as much money as they can from you.

    3) Bring immodium. They are anti-diarrhea pills. I never had them, but my friend who had never been to China before took them and never had a problem the entire time.

    4) I would recommend against taking the main subway lines at peak hours to and from work. It gets way too packed during rush hour, which is like 7-9 and 4-6. Just take a cab, it’ll be a little more expensive but I think it's worth it.

    5) Street food is cheap and delicious but not the cleanest. It’s ok to eat sometimes but not all the time

    6) I was always told that crossing the street when you have the green is the most dangerous time to cross. Always look both ways!

    7) Keep an open mind and be adventurous. I guarantee you will have a most excellent experience!

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    David Kao
    5 Aug 28, 2012

    When I went in 2008, I had a friend to show me around. I heard recently the inflation especially if you're using US Dollar, has made entertainment here really expensive. The quality is still top notch, but could hurt if you don't have deep pockets.

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    Yanti
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    3 Aug 23, 2012

    It is one of the largest, modern cities in Asia - with lots of tall and new buildings. For me, the highlights of the city are the Bund and Xin Tian Di as the rest looks like a typical business city (in fact, many of the areas in Shanghai reminds of Singapore)

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    N J English
    4 Aug 19, 2012

    Shanghai is a neon-bathed megacity that, as the world's largest city proper, needs to be seen to be believed. With over twenty-four million citizens and a healthy four hundred thousand foreign expatriates, the city is a playground for the more debaucherous tourist. Its ubiquitous restaurants and bars, particularly those on the famous Huaihai Lu, Fuxing Lu or Yongfu Lu, promise variety and hangovers, but during the day Shanghai can come up short. While visits to the famous Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road and Yu Gardens are requisite, the attractions for the snap happy-family or senior are few, considering the size of the city and the number of activities available in the smaller Beijing. For the twenty-something traveller, however, Shanghai's reputation as China's party capital will deliver on its promise.

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  • Shanghai
    jonesir
    5 Aug 02, 2012

    for me, it is just THE best city in China. A MUST visit city. Everyone can find his own place to enjoy, no matter from where you come. The Bund, the Yuyuan Garden, East Nanjing Road, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and International Financial Center will give you the bird's-eye view of literally the whole city. Especially the Xintiandi is a typical place for westerners with genuine tasted food from many countries, the Paulaner Bar within Xintiandi offers the original beer from Germany, really nice. And, all of these are just a glimpse of the charming city with a perfect combination of traditional and modern China.

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    bali
    5 Jul 29, 2012

    Shanghai is the best city in china i was there 15 years ago it was wonderful good food good hotels :)))))

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    John H.
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    4 Jul 18, 2012

    The most technologically advanced city in China and the rate of advancement is not slowing down one bit. It's unfortunate that some of the older neighborhoods are being torn down to make way for the new China, but enough of it has been preserved to make it a neat intersection of the old with the new.

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  • Shanghai
    Ricky Chiu
    5 Jul 09, 2012

    Lived in Shanghai for one summer several years ago for a study abroad. It's definitely a fun but crowded place. You must be okay with dealing with masses of people and dirty streets. The subway system is good there and will get you practically where you need to go. The bus system works but can get crowded. People are new to the concept of waiting in line, so when taking the public bus system, it's every man/woman for themselves. No harm no foul. Food is cheap and good in Shanghai. Find the hole in the walls, as that's where you'll get the best deals. $0.50 for a bowl of noodles?? Can't beat that. There's also the nicer restaurants near the international areas and center of the city, but compared to US prices, it's like getting gourmet food for Applebee prices.

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  • Shanghai
    Philippa Adams
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I lived here for several years, and I'm incredibly proud of this city. It might not be to everyone's taste - the pollution, the population density, the occasional dirty street, the humid summer weather - but I love it anyway. Shanghai is bursting with activity and it's very convenient to get around. The public transportation system is getting more expensive nowadays, but it's still cheap compared to a Westerner's standards. I've always thought that Beijing is the better place to visit, and Shanghai is the better place to live, simply because there are not very many touristy things to do in Shanghai. But there are many great restaurants and hangout spots. Shanghai is glamorous, charming, unruly and chaotic all at the same time. And it's safe - well, safer than cities like London, Paris, or Los Angeles, as long as you're sensible. A really intriguing place, and I love it to pieces!

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Shanghai has always been the cosmopolitan representative of China...it was chic, modern and beautiful when it was first introduced to the Western world in the 1800s, it is chic, modern and beautiful now and more than ever.

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    Leonor Costa
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Gostei imenso de ter tido a oportunidade de conhecer Shanghai. Apesar de gostar mais de Pequim, penso que Shanghai é a Nova Iorque da Ásia.

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  • Shanghai
    Kimberly Schreiber
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    An interesting city, but difficult to avoid the tourist traps/aggressive Chinese propaganda. Soup dumplings are a must!

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  • Shanghai
    Sean Marder
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This city is indescribable. Nightlife, restaurants, sight seeing, street food! It's all wonderful and at the least, spend a weekend here. It cannot be passed up.

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  • Shanghai
    Crystal
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    This place is so clean compared to Beijing. The subway is super easy to navigate and get around town. Lots of nice areas to visit and definitely a cosmopolitan city!

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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 ... read more
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 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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