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Sam's Exotic Travels to Shanghai – China’s Center for Commerce and Finance

Shanghai s the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest urban areas in the world, with over 20 million people in its extended metropolitan area. Located on China's central eastern coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality with province-level status.

Originally a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew to importance in the 19th century due to its favorable port location and as one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The city flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became a multinational hub of finance and business by the 1930s. However, Shanghai's prosperity ended after the 1949 Communist takeover and the subsequent cessation of foreign investment. Economic reforms in 1990 have resulted in intense development and financing, and in 2005 Shanghai became the world's busiest cargo port.

The city is an emerging tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and Xintiandi, its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the Oriental Pearl Tower, and its new reputation as a center of culture and design. Today, Shanghai is mainland China's center for commerce and finance, and has been described as the "showpiece" of the world's fastest-growing economy.

 Source: www.wikipedia.org

Map of China with Shanghai highlighted  Shanghai China at Night - View from the Bund by Sam's Exotic Travel Photos  The Bund at Night - Shanghai by Sam's Exotic Travel Photos

In town on business in October 2008, I did get a few photos (which unfortunately do not do the city justice), including some nights views from  the Bund and Nanjing Road.

Click below to view my impressions. 

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