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Shanghai

Before Shanghai became the buzzing metropolis it now is, it was a mere backwater fishing village. The destiny and fortunes of Shanghai changed forever when the British opened their first concession here in 1842, followed soon after by the French and Japanese. By the 1930's, Shanghai had achieved international status as Asia's foremost commercial centre and became known as the colonial 'Paris of the East.'

Shanghai retains some of those former charms in the tree-lined streets of the former French Concession and iconic banking houses along the Bund: at the same time, the urban bustle and multitudes of skyscrapers are a testament to Shanghai's aspirations to be a major international metropolis. Now the financial capital of China, Shanghai is a great place to check out the old, the new and the foreign in this worldly economic and cultural centre. Place of interest include the vast Temple of Heaven where you will often see locals practising their Tai Chi, The Shanghai Museum, which houses one of the world's finest collections of Chinese artefacts, a walk along the historic Bund and learning of its colonial past.

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