Why You Should Visit China's biggest and most prosperous city; Shanghai

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Barsbold Baatarsuren Travel tips Apr 23 min read
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Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in the world at night. Without any nighttime events, your Shanghai tour will be incomplete.

Shanghai, also known as the Oriental Paris, is China's largest and wealthiest capital. It is one of China's most important economic and cultural hubs, and it is widely regarded as the birthplace of all things modern in China.

In terms of modernity, the city rivals New York or Paris, and it has a fusion of East and West cultures. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination known for both historical sites and new, ever-expanding skylines.

In this vibrant metropolis, you will never be bored.

Shanghai may lack the pandas of Chengdu and the rice terraces of the south, but it is just as worthy of your time as any other Chinese destination. In reality, there are a plethora of reasons to travel to this vibrant ‘Paris of the East.' Allow Culture Trip to introduce you to your next favorite travel destination while you relax.

Shanghai is the most modern city of China

Shanghai is unlike any other Chinese city. One of the most important things to know about Shanghai is that it serves as a showcase for the government's vision of modern China. Some technological developments were forced upon us, such as the complete abolition of gasoline-powered motorcycles.

The cost of obtaining a permit to own a gas-powered motorcycle is high, but there are discounts available for buying an electric motorcycle. What's the end result? Both scooters and motorcycles are now electric, including the most shabby-looking models.

The largest and wealthiest city in China

Shanghai is home to more than 20 million people. It is China's largest city and the world's second-largest city proper, after Mumbai. It is now mainland China's largest center of commerce and finance, with many Chinese and international companies establishing offices here, especially along the Bund. New high-rise buildings are forming a new skyline in Shanghai, which is experiencing a construction boom.

Shanghai is a city of stunning contrasts.

Shanghai conjures up images of glitz and glitter, with some even accusing it of not being the "original" China. Shanghai is not only a part of the ‘real' China as much as any other city, but it also has rural areas and affordable, down-to-earth amenities. One of the best aspects of this city is that you can still go cheaper or more expensive. It's simple to find a complete meal for $10 ($1.46) without having to sift through the trash. On the other hand, acclaimed restaurants such as Ultraviolet, which offers a 20-course menu starting at 5000 ($735) per person, allow big spenders to flash cash like only Shanghai's nouveau-riche know how.

Furthermore, in much of the area, old and new Shanghai come to play in unique and exciting ways, from half-demolished lane houses in front of gleaming skyscrapers to industrial-era factories transformed into art spaces.

Eastern and Western Cultures Intermingled

Shanghai has attracted many foreigners, including Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein, and Tagore, to live or visit because of its desirable location and distinct oriental culture. Shanghai has a distinct oriental allure in the eyes of a foreigner, although it has a heavy Western flavor in the eyes of a Chinese.

Shopping Paradise

Shanghai provides a once-in-a-lifetime shopping experience. Whether or not you are a shopper, there are numerous shopping areas selling just about everything you can imagine that you would undoubtedly find interesting. The new luxury products can be found on main shopping streets such as Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road, while numerous traditional outdoor markets give a special taste of old Shanghai.

A vibrant nightlife

Shanghai's vibrant life goes on well beyond daylight hours, as it is a city that does not sleep. It is a vibrant city with a vibrant nightlife. With cinemas showing international and Chinese films and theaters performing opera, dance, drama, acrobatics, and puppet shows, it has a rich cultural flavor. There are also a plethora of nightclubs and bars open until the sun rises.

Transportation that is convenient

Shanghai, China's most populous city, is easily available. Shanghai is accessible by plane, train, bus, and ship. Elevated highways can be found all over the place.

Transit without a visa for 144 hours

In Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang, a 144-hour visa-free transit is now available. Daily flyers and businessmen may find it useful.

Return Journeys

Shanghai has a variety of tourist attractions both inside and outside of the city. Zhujiajiao Water Town is an ancient water town in the style of Southeast China, located just 40 minutes from Shanghai. You can also travel by bullet train or express bus to the cities of Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, and Wuxi, which are all within 3 hours of each other.

You may like the food but it’s different

On your visit to Shanghai, you'll soon discover that Chinese food in China is nothing like what you're used to. If you're looking for something authentic, street food is a good choice. Just as in Singapore's Hawkers Centers, look for places with a long line – these are almost always the ones with the freshest food.

If you go to a restaurant, the menu will almost certainly be in Chinese only, but most will have pictures of the food so you can make an educated decision about what to order. Also bear in mind that service will not be up to par: you'll have to summon the waiters, and it's not uncommon for all of your courses to be served at the same time.

Hong Kong vs. Shanghai

Many visitors are torn between visiting Shanghai and visiting Hong Kong for their next vacation because the two cities have so much in common. I hope the following details will assist you in making an informed decision.

Both are excellent tourist destinations. Hong Kong has a better natural environment and is easier to navigate for English speakers, whereas Shanghai has more dramatic architecture and more striking similarities between modern and traditional elements.

Both have stunning skylines as well as Disneyland. However, Shanghai is home to the world's second tallest building, the Shanghai Tower, which opened to the public this year, as well as the world's newest Disneyland.

Both places are shopping epicenters. Hong Kong is more organized and wealthier than Shanghai, and shops stay open longer in Hong Kong. Shanghai, on the other hand, is larger and less expensive. When it comes to accommodations and tours, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck.

On the Chinese mainland, Shanghai is by far the easier city to navigate; airfare to Hong Kong from mainland China is often more than USD300 per ticket.

There are many worthwhile places to visit within a bullet train or bus ride of the city, such as Hangzhou and Suzhou, while in Hong Kong you are restricted to a small area unless you want to waste a lot of time in immigration lines.

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