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Shanghai Nights: The New York of China

 


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If the USA was the greatest global superpower of the 20th century, then the People’s Republic of China – or China, as it’s more commonly referred to - certainly looks well on track to claim that title for the 21st century.

In 2007, China contributed more towards global growth than the United States, which is the first time another country had done so since the 1930s. Indeed, it would seem that China’s reputation as an insular communist country is long gone and is well and truly embracing its new-found status as one of the world’s leading economies.

As is the case with any country with such a prominent international standing, tourism is now positively thriving in China and is now a top destination among those who are curious to sample one of the most ancient cultures in the world. With over twenty million people and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, Shanghai is an emerging tourist hotspot and a bustling, vibrant, modern metropolis. In fact, Shanghai has often been referred to as the New York of China.

So with that in mind, what exactly does this eastern jewel have to offer? For historical landmarks then look no further than The Bund which is an area of the Huangpu district and one of the most famous tourist destinations in the whole of Shanghai. The area is notable for its variety of architectural styles spanning Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Moreover, Shanghai actually has one of the richest collections of Art Deco architecture in the world.

Shanghai’s status as the cultural and economic centre of East Asia for the first half of the 20th century means that it is widely regarded as where modern China was born. It is where the first car was driven, the first train tracks were laid, and the first modern sewage system was installed.

And today, the city skyline is one to match any of the other leading cities of the world. Pudong is Shanghai’s financial and commercial area, and is home to the impressive Oriental Pearl Tower, which is the third tallest tower in the world. With fifteen observatory levels, it is a fantastic platform from which to view the city’s lights at night, whilst it stands out like a beacon in the evening Shanghai cityscape.

Accessibility is also a major selling point for this mesmerising city. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is a major aviation hub, receiving almost thirty million passengers in 2008. And with flights to Shanghai arriving from many other major cities across the globe, this eastern gem of a city is sure to continue to grow and ultimately justify its reputation as one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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