Every tourist destination has it’s attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary’s gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Shanghai is a city of eternal contrast. It purports to be a bustling metropolis with its many skyscrapers and neon lights. However, tradition and attention to the past are an important part of life here. Include Shanghai in your Chinese itinerary for at least the following reasons:
1. European influences are still noticeable in Shanghai. For example, The Bund, a group of riverfront buildings, are a reminder of a strong European presence here.
2. Opposite the Bund is the modern city center, called the Pudong, with its tall skyscrapers.
3. Nanjing Road is a glitzy, pedestrian-only thoroughfare which rivals Las Vegas with its kitsch!