Shanghai’s appeal becomes apparent as you speed into the city, encountering its seductive skyline and the brightness of its Tron colored, spaghetti-tangled highways. The city’s 23 million residents produce a barefaced energy noticeable on any corner in this metropolis once known as the “Paris of the East”. Its not only China’s economic pivot, but it is also an international cultural hub with style to spare, restaurants that wow, galleries and museums on par with London and Berlin, inspired hotels, and enough activity to satisfy the most curious traveler.
It’s impossible to experience all that Shanghai has to offer in one trip. Unlike its European counterparts like Paris, London and Rome, there are not a host of must see sights. Instead, this city is best discovered via its streets; so, walking is necessary. Here, are a few of our favorites.
THE ART SCENE
While walking one day, I happened upon 50 Moganshan Rd, and its enclave of galleries and artist studios. Contemporary Chinese art is a big seller around the world, and is now a major part of Art Basel. You can stroll in and out of spaces and you may catch a famous or burgeoning artist at work.
ZHU JIA JAIO
Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, this Water Town (built on a river almost 2,000 years ago) is a great remnant of old world life with its ancient buildings and stone bridges. However, it’s being threatened by new development. So, hurry, before there is a Pottery Barn next to the Quig Dynasty Post office.