THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT
Shanghai Travel Blog› entry 2 of 24 › view all entries
June 19th, 2009 – by: WarrenRodwell
Shanghai is mostly a large spread-out commercial city; China's biggest. The places of most interest to visitors are The Bund on the Huangpu River and nearby Nanjing Lu (Road) shopping precinct. Night time is especially pretty with all the lights. Some Shanghai pictures have been uploaded to the following site ...
It is said that in between heaven and earth, there is Hangzhou and Suzhou. These two cities are not too far from Shanghai. Many visitors express disappointment with Hangzhou, claiming it is over-rated. Suzhou (the Venice of the East) is regarded as one of the nicest cities in China; 40 minutes by fast train north of Shanghai.
For me, Shanghai has been a world travel base, a gateway in and out of the eastern side of China. The residents consider it to be a very clean, modern and safe city. Many older buildngs have been knocked down and facades redone in readiness for World Expo 2010.The subway system is extensive and gets plenty of use. After having been to Shanghai about a dozen times and staying with Chinese friends for periods of between a few days and a fortnight, I have become comfortable with this city. It's what anyone could expect of a big international city with restaurants and shopping centres and so on, but not really a place for an indefinite stay.
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