Shanghai

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China is often thought of in ancient terms by outsiders. Anyone who has seen Shanghai has had this image shattered.

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Shanghai is a global financial center, transport hub, and the world's largest city. Despite its ultra-modern sheen, Shanghai isn't completely divorced from the ancient. Centuries old gardens, markets, and temples dot the city.

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The best place to see the old and the new of Shanghai blend together is to take a walk along the Bund or visit the French Concession for some shopping or nightlife.

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If you wish to escape the city, nearby West Lake or the water towns of Xitang, Zhouzhuang, or Zhujiajiao shoudld offer some respite. 

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