Feature A First-timer’s Guide to Shanghai

For first-timers, the spectacle of Shanghai can be as overwhelming as the ride aboard the super-fast Maglev train from the airport into Shanghai proper. Outside the windows, endless apartment blocks whir by, occupied by much of the city’s former shikumen (“stone gate”) dwellers. From their tiny, traditional one-room homes in the city, many Shanghainese have been rehoused in super-modern apartments across the Huangpu River from the Bund, where dozens of historical buildings dating back to British colonial times line the waterfront. This is typical of Shanghai – the old mingling with the new, tradition blurring with innovation, an Art Deco building overshadowed by a skyscraper. Here’s what a first-timer must see in China’s coolest city.

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