When it comes to dizzying economic progress and booming business growth in this decade, China has definitely taken the front seat. With many Fortune 500 companies setting up their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, the city has been playing host to many expatriates and business travelers from around the world. Shanghai is a treat to discover. A vibrant hub that seamlessly combines globalization and contemporary amenities within the blend of an ancient cultural fabric, every corner of the city has a new surprise to offer. Surprises and hidden charm that will catch even the most jaded of business travelers off-guard.
Like most Asian cities, Shanghai is a study of contrasts. An exponential growth in economic activity has gifted the city with an imposing skyline dotted with glass and concrete taking western shapes. Yet, when you look past the glass, the concrete and the western labels, you see Shanghai's tree-shaded lanes forming a backdrop to traditional buildings and a community that has resisted much change to their traditions. You may stay in a luxury hotel which has hosted famous diplomats and enjoy the glitzy fare at an exclusive restaurant. Or you may even choose to explore the by-lanes encircling the Jade Buddha temple and enjoy a $3 bowl of noodles with smiling monks. Shanghai might have had a face-lift with tall skyscrapers and sophisticated modern architecture, but the authentic spirit of the Chinese city is also alive and well.
The Chinese are well known for their work ethic. Hence, a business trip to Shanghai might involve a lot of shop talk but that is no reason why you should not take the time to explore some parts of this majestic city. The Huangpu River flows through the middle of the city, with the financial district Pudong to its east. The Grand Hyatt, Shangri-La, The Westin and St. Regis are some popular upmarket places to stay in the area.
In order to have a taste of Shanghai's flashy nightlife, one must head to Xintiandi, the entertainment complex. The place where the Communist Party of China was once founded, today plays host to a vibrant throng of entertainment options that include cocktail bars, glitzy restaurants and clubs with sweeping views of the river. You might even choose to head to the Bund, a waterfront promenade that is graced by regal colonial buildings in 52 different architectural styles. The Shanghai World Financial Center is one of the tallest towers around and offers the visitor a sweeping view of the entire city in all its glory. The Shanghai Tower and Jin-Mao (with a Pagoda inspired architectural style) are other places from where the Shanghai skyline can be seen almost reaching for the clouds.
Shanghai has something to offer the art lover as well. The Power Station of Art is a hub of contemporary art that offers insights into China's evolving art scene. For a moment of peace and solitude amidst the fast-paced life in Shanghai, a trip to the city's beautiful Yu garden is recommended.
A beautiful city that gives you a taste of both its rich colorful past and present economic prosperity, Shanghai is an enigma. Once you discover the spirit of the city, you will leave with some beautiful memories.
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