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Shanghai, China

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Imagine a culture constantly striving towards modernization and the future, restrained in the past by a history of imperialism and communism, and topped off with a smooth European finish, the aftertaste from the pre-communism era of the 1920s: this is Shanghai. Look out over the Pǔdōng skyline and see a futuristic world, just a taste of how Shanghai is escaping from its history and running as fast as possible towards the horizon of the future. Although the city is thoroughly revamping, there are still old city streets to be found in the heart of Shanghai, an illuminating place to go to learn about the history that is still reflected in local culture, even if it is being excavated and rebuilt. Imperialistic relics can be discovered along the Bund and have been protected as historical city monuments, in the face of a history, which embraced and encouraged European culture, the cultural influences of Chinese culture are very present in this ever-growing city. For further information, and to book local trips, see Shanghai Travel

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I had visited Shanghai twice before – the first time over 10 years ago and the second time about 5 years ago. Each time Shanghai is different, which is something I’d come to expect, but stepping off the plane at Shanghai’s Pudong Airpor… Read more...

Written by  Brenda Yun. Read more on Brenda's Blog

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