Shanghai is a city that can look back on its humble origins as a small settlement site to the present day with its eventful history. Many of the houses constructed in the Colonial style of the former French quarter give you an example of this for instance. You can stroll along the famous shopping street in Shanghai, the Nanjing Lu, in the direction of the city´s landmark of Bund, where you can follow the first traces of European housing developments.
As a general rule, of the two airports in Shanghai, international flights head for Shanghai International. From there you can make your way to the inner city via the ultra-modern Trans rapid even if it only travels as far as the underground station Longyang Road. An alternative is that you catch one of the 45,000 taxis and choose the route that takes you on the busy roads in Shanghai.
Those who visit Shanghai for the first time, will be impressed by the unusual urban landscape which is characterised by the contrast between modern high-rise buildings and historical buildings. This contrast is demonstrated to you particularly well by a visit to the Riverside Promenade Bund, where you will find, amongst others, the Peace Hotel which is steeped in history with its nostalgic ballroom. The Jin Mao Tower is also worth a visit and in which you can even rent a room because in the highest 30 floors of this 340 meter building, there is the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Many of the most influential thinkers in China appeared in Shanghai and this is due to the fact that the city was not influenced by flows of people from the West for a long time. An emotive insight into the Asian soul can be achieved by attending a Chinese opera as is shown by the Lan Xin Theater which dates back to the Imperial Era. Classical Chinese art from several dynasties and a pottery collection amongst others are well worth seeing and they can be found at the enormous Shanghai Museum.
In Shanghai, pretty much every conceivable global culinary orientation can be found. In Papas Bierstube, you can, for example, check out the Chinese interpretation of German cuisine. Nonetheless, you should not pass up the opportunity to try a genuine Chinese meal and you should definitely pay a visit to the Old Station Restaurant at which you can dine in a former train compartment if you reserve early enough.