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Shanghai

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They called it the "Paris of the East" in 1920 was a city of adventurers, gamblers, opium smokers, prostitutes, some dandies' debauched, gangsters, millionaires, child slaves forced to work for a handful of rice, missionaries.
Then here was founded the Chinese Communist Party, Mao put the basics of the Cultural Revolution, here were the bloody repression of Chiang Kai Shek, the Japanese occupation and the development of the dominance of the "Gang of Four".

Shanghai, for better or for worse, has always been a city laboratory, the hinge between China and the West, and remains so to this day, joining the Communist Party and the market economy, consumerism and political orthodoxy.
Shanghai is huge, with an intense traffic of cars and millions of bicycles, and has remained a unique cosmopolitan city, where you can feel the echoes of the past and you can see that China will be among the palaces of glass and signs lucicanti.
The Bund is the river (it is crossed by the Shanghai Huangpu), flanked by original buildings of foreigners, including the Peace Hotel, remained the same from the thirties, with an orchestra of elderly musicians playing (good) jazz of yesteryear.
Departs from the Bund Nanjing Lu, the most famous shopping street in China (you can find anything, also call it the Golden Mile. American way).

What to visit

The Shanghai Museum (bronzes, ceramics, paintings of incomparable beauty), the Garden of the Mandarin, the famous tea room Huxingting and the Temple of the Jade Buddha, the former French Concession with Huaihai Lu, the best place to shop; the tomb of the writer Lu Xun.

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