Shanghai, located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, is the No.1 metropolis in China and reputed as the "Paris of the Orient". Nonetheless, Shanghai attracts you not with the state-of-the-art skyscrapers, which you can without difficulty find a lot in almost all the big cities worldwide, but the smart way she interweaves the West and East, ancient and modern.
The old town of Shanghai collects all the elements that link to Chinese worldly happiness - delicious snack, animated craft market, beautiful classic garden, Buddha or Taoist temple for praying, small houses in the old Longtang lanes where hospitality and mutual help is a must.
As the earliest treaty port in modern China (1840-1949), Shanghai has accepted tons of Western concepts, buildings and commodities and granted the locals much richer opportunities to experience and try all these brand new things. In International /British /French Concession, arrays of Western towers for commerce and diplomacy were built and lofty avenues were set. In addition, the then political and cultural celebrities showed off various sorts of villas in Shanghai. All these remain valuable architectural heritage for visitors to Shanghai.
The metropolis Shanghai never falls short of night colors or shopping fiesta. You would ever feel bored with Shanghai as it provides too many shopping streets, bar streets and leisure plazas. You can go strolling at Nanjing Road, or take some sips at Xintiandi, or explore the creative lifestyle at Tianzifang.