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Clockwise from top: Shanghai World Financial Center;
Strolling on the Bund; Lanterns at Yuyuan Gardens.
Feel the pulse of modern China
Sandwiched between the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang on the central coast, Shanghai, the "Oriental Paris" is the
biggest and most prosperous city in China. Population: more than 20 million people. Its heart is the Bund, a famous
waterfront promenade lined with colonial buildings in more than 50 architectural styles.
Across the Huangpu River, in the Pudong district, rise some of the world's tallest skyscrapers, including the pagodainspired Jin Mao and Shanghai Tower, stretching 2,000 feet toward the clouds. Luxury boutiques line the main shopping
streets: Nanjing and Huaihai Roads. Trendy bars and restaurants abound. For a dose of modern art, head to the Power
Station of Art, the first state-run museum dedicated to contemporary art in mainland China.
Even simple people-watching is an event in Shanghai, as the small living spaces push communities out into the streets.
For a few minutes of respite, Yu Garden has traditional towers, bridges, pavilions, and ponds. The best time to visit
Shanghai? Early spring or early fall, when the weather is good and crowds diminish.