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Financial district from the Bund
Despite having traveled extensively in Asia, I felt some trepidation as I boarded the aircraft for the 10 hour flight to Shanghai . Few other countries have such a deep and diversified history from the Ancient Feudal Era of the Emperors, the Cultural Revolution, and the rapid and colossal industrialization.

Our arrival into Shanghai in the late afternoon was in stark contrast to the early part of the flight across the emptiness of the gulf country of northern Australia . Shanghai and its surrounds lay sprawled as far as the eye could see with construction everywhere you looked as we circled to land. On the ground even the airport looked massive and new. Inside the process was simple and efficient as we cleared customs and collected our bags.
The Bund
The drive into city took an hour through vast areas of the new high rise accommodation of modern China . Shanghai is the financial centre of China and has a permanent population of 17 million people and often averages over 22 million with visitors. Traffic is chaotic and the city literally teams with people.

We stayed at the St Regis hotel, one of Shanghai ’s newer five star hotels. Its finish, standard of service, and facilities are world class dispelling any fears of substandard accommodation of the old China .

A visit to Shanghai is not complete without a visit to The Bund. This district was the former financial and commerce centre of Shanghai . The new centre is now on the opposite bank of the Huangpu River . The is often referred to as the Paris of the east due its colonial architecture.
The Bund
It was construed in the 1930’s out of multiple concessions by the Chinese Government to a number of foreign countries including, France , Britain , Spain and the United States . The architecture reflects each countries style and is in marked contrast of the ultra modern style across the river. The Huangpu River bustles with barges continually moving freight.

Extending from The Bund is Nanjing Rd , one of Shanghai ’s great shopping strips. Bargains abound and haggling is part of the fun.

Not far from The Bund is the Old Town and the 400 year old Yuyuan Garden . The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan's parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Despite its relatively small size of five acres the garden is a maze of rooms and tranquil locations that are enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike. The garden was fully restored and opened to the public in 1961. Surrrounding the garden is a bazaar with some great shopping.

No visit to Shanghai is complete without a visit to the Chinese Acrobat Show. For an hour and a half you are entertained and enthralled by the strength and agility of the performers culminating in the finale performance of a precision motorcycle team in the ball of death.



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Financial district from the Bund
Financial district from the Bund
The Bund
The Bund
The Bund
The Bund
The Bund
The Bund
Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens
Yu Garden
Yu Garden
Yu Garden
Yu Garden
Yu Gardens
Yu Gardens
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photo by: Chokk