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Famed for its iconic skyline, Shanghai is China’s largest city and also an international financial hub. It’s most photographed site, the Bund, a grand waterfront promenade scattered with colonial era structures, warrants a visit on your sightseeing tour of Shanghai. Get a closer view of the skyline of the city with a trip to the Pudong district across the Huangpu River. It houses the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai Tower looming out at 632 meters. For some peace and quiet among lush surroundings, head to the Yu Garden interspersed with ponds, pavilions and towers among other pieces of traditional architecture. People of Shanghai take their shopping rather seriously. It is the hub for everything luxury from your Versace, Prada, Armani to more upcoming high-fashion boutiques with one-off designer pieces capturing the latest trends as well as China’s vintage style. You can lose yourself in a frenzy as you shop for clothes, perfumes, electronics, jewelry, antiques, pottery and artwork that come in a great array.

Now Shanghai has its own Michelin dining guide! The dining out scene of Shanghai has taken up a wholly different form with restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs serving up the best in Chinese - from traditional to experimental - as well as European with great flair across a host of cheap street-side cafes to exclusive fine dine restaurants by the Bund. The art and culture scene of Shanghai is worth a mention. Among a host of activities in Shanghai you have the option to catch a Chinese opera performance, an acrobatics show, a jazz night or an EDM party.

Of course Shanghai is home to the world’s second tallest sky-scraper, a modern day architectural marvel, but not every piece of architecture in the city is a creation of the modern times. You can get a sense of its heritage with the art deco buildings, Buddhist shrines, Jewish synagogues, stone gate houses among other fine pieces that dot the city. It is extremely rewarding to go sightseeing in Shanghai, walk around and slurp on some hand-pulled noodles at a cheap roadside cafe as you go. There is plenty to discover in Shanghai.