SHANGHAI. In the 1930’s Shanghai was known as the “Paris of the Orient “for its grand European architecture and cosmopolitan vibe. But in recent times, Shanghai’s rising city skyline, new entertainment precincts and profiliration of hip bars has earned it the nickname “Berlin of the East”. There’s no doubt Shanghai is China’s hippest city. It, s place where European culture and architecture has been entwined in the fabric of the city for centuries. The British built their settlement in1843 and were followed by the Americans and the French. A visit to the French Concession is a stroll down memory lane and a reminder of Shanghai’s 1930 heyday. In Shanghai, east meets west and old meets new. The US $ 45 billion spent on preparing the city for the Shanghai Expo in 2010 brought new parks, roads, bridges, airport terminals and subway line. Street were repaved and entire neighborhoods razed to make way for dazzling entertainment precincts. Adding to the skyline of modern gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture on Te Bund last year, were brand new luxury hotels such as Peninsula Shanghai, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai and the reconstructed Fairmont Peace Hotel, which was the hotspot for Shanghai’s elite in the 1930.Wander around Xintiand in the Luwan district for its charming traditional Shikume (stone gate) houses and narrow alleys with cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. anzifang is a new art zone in Taking Road with hip art galleries, design studios craft shops and fashion shops. City’s sexiest bar: 789 Nanjing Lu Bar, Lounge on the 66th floor of Le Royal Meridien Hotel for martinis and 360 degree views of the skyline. Best romantic Dining: Book The Cupola at Three on the Bund for a private dinner with amazing views and VIP treatment. The elite private dining venue was once a bell tower for the historic building and has hosted celebrities like Michael Schumacher, Beyonce and Tom Cruise. Sensational shopping: On Nanjing Road head to Plaza 66 for top international designers and Taobao City Market for hand bags. The city of Shanghai was known as Paris of the Orient in the past. Nowadays, Shanghai has a population of 18 million and around of 5.8 millon migrants, and is one of the most populous cities in the People's Republic of China.
Shanghai was the most prosperous and largest town in the Far East during the 1930s, and during the 1990s the city of Shanghai again it began as an attractive spot for travelers or tourists worldwide.
Districts: The city of Shanghai is divided in 2 by the Huangpu River, with the older city on the west bank known as Puxi, and the brash new development on the east side being Pudong.
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