Shanghai: A Tale Of Two Cities
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Shanghai has long been described as a place where East meets West, in everything from art to cuisine to fashion. The very city itself can bear testament to this, for nowhere in China do the ancient and the modern, the traditional and the cutting edge or the Asian and the Western fuse so effortlessly together. The Pudong area of the city boasts a spectacular skyline, with banks, large corporations and media organisations all leaving their mark on the skies above Shanghai. Tourists flock to The Bund on the other side of the river to marvel at the skyscrapers which could rival those in Manhattan. The nerve centre of an ever expanding Chinese economy, this area’s ultra-modern look is thanks in no small part to a multi-million pound restoration in 2010 for the World Exhibition. A short journey on the sleek subway away though and it’s a very different story. Wander west of the Bund and you will come across The Old Town. As the name suggests, this is the oldest part of Shanghai and the architecture is in a much more traditional style, with pagodas and ornate dragon carvings everywhere you look.
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