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Shanghai, China

On the west bank of the Huangpu Jiang River, this flows into the Changjiang (Yangtze) 28 km further upstream lies Shanghai City. The Northern part of Shanghai is separated from the rest of the city by the Wusong Jiang River. Shanghai is a special city in every respect. Only 50 years ago, it was still considered one of the most important metropolises of the world, as the trading and banking centre of Asia.

Westerners lent Shanghai its appearance, making it more western than Chinese. Multi story high buildings reach skyward; there are vast hotel complexes, villas and palaces that a visitor from the west can more easily identify than a temple. They were built according to Western architectural style by former business and military men from all over the world.

The colonialists have long gone, but their buildings remain with the bustling life and activities of a large Chinese city prevail around them. A special kind of people lives there, brisk, smart, flexible and makes more of their appearance than other Chinese.

In addition to its modernization, Shanghai’s multicultural flair endows Shanghai with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional, and the western and the oriental. The new skyscrapers and the old Shikumen lanes together draw the skyline of Shanghai. Westerners and Chinese traditions intertwined, form Shanghai culture, making a visitor’s stay truly memorable.
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