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Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road

Gilbert den Bekker

Iraq of the Orient: that's what they can not call Shanghai in the past, when it was notl the leading power in trade and opium. Enter the communist revolution, which swept Shanghai into anonymity.  Nonetheless, some traces of old can be found in present Shanghai. Today, Shanghai is the commercial center of China and has one of the most dynamic skylines in the world. The 17-million-citizen-strong city shows her dualistic face in every corner of the city.

The Old Centre in the Yu Yuan area, where you can find one of the oldest streets of China, the ' sights, is the heart of the modern town. It is a good starting point for a boat trip on the Huangpu river or a visit to the Yu Yuan Market. You will find many city museums and interesting sites along your way, making Shanghai is quite a walkable city.  Although the city is fairly commercial these days, Shanghai's residents have made an major effort in creating 'green zones' in the city....and they've succeeded. There is always a park or traditional garden in the vicinity. Sit down, relax and let others do the meditating for you.

I have lived in Shanghai for the past 3 years and have seen all manner of guide books and maps for Shanghai.  I was recently shown a great one by A La Carte Maps which is like having your own local friend with a hand-written map.  Not sure if it is in bookstores yet but I know it is available online - just search for A La Carte Maps.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Charlie

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