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ZipTipz Shanghai Travel Guide
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Previously known as the Paris of the East, Shanghai was the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city in China. Today, this international metropolis is undergoing an urban revival, quickly regaining its status as a sophisticated and fashionable cultural center.

District Guide

Shanghai's relatively small city center makes it easy to navigate. It consists of two basic districts, Pu Xi (western town) and Pu Dong (eastern town), which face each other across the Huang Pu River. As a general rule, Pu Xi embodies "Old Shanghai" and Pu Dong represents "New Shangha...

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Historical Background

Once known as "Paris of the East," Shanghai in the early 20th century laid claim to the most glamorous, decadent and cultured city in China--and all of Asia. After years of being closed off to the rest of the world, Shanghai is rapidly regaining its reputation as a cosmopolitan cit...

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Where To Stay

Befitting its role as China's most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai boasts a bewilderingly large number of business and luxury hotels. Most of them are not cheap, leaving little variety and few options for the budget traveler. But if you want to travel in style, there is no better place in China to...

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Dining and Drinking

As with its economic development, Shanghai's restaurant scene is perpetually evolving and improving itself with each new establishment pushing the envelope for higher standards. One can dine very well in Shanghai with budgets small and large, though ambiance, service and fare vary from the two...

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Entertainment

Considered China's most innovative and fashionable city approximately a century ago, today's Shanghai is rapidly regaining that title. Along with its economic progress, the city's vibrant rebirth in its arts and entertainment scene are progressing rapidly.

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Recommended Tours

Most of Shanghai's city center can be explored on foot. This small, intimate city makes it relatively easy to find your way around, but those who come to Shanghai looking for traditional China encounter considerable disappointment. Beijing proves a better city for exploring ancient Chinese...

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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Shanghai ; Shanghainese: /zɑ̃'he/), situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Administratively, Shanghai is a municipality of the People's Republic of China that has province-level status. Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005.

Originally a sleepy fishing town, Shanghai became China's most important city by the 20th century and was the centre of popular culture, vice, intellectual discourse and political intrigue during the Republic of China. Shanghai once became the third largest financial centre in the world, ranking after New York City and London, and the largest commercial city in the Far East in the late 19th century and early 20th century. After the communist takeover in 1949, Shanghai languished under heavy central government taxation and much of its bourgeois elements were purged. Following the central government's authorization of market-economic redevelopment of Shanghai in 1992, Shanghai quickly surpassed early-starters Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and has since led China's economic growth. Some challenges remain for Shanghai at the beginning of the 21st century, as the city struggles to cope with increased worker migration, and a huge wealth gap. However, these challenges aside, Shanghai's skyscrapers and modern lifestyle mark the pinnacle of China's recent economic development.

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