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Shanghai is one of the most fascinating cities on the face of the Earth, home to over 15 million people. The streets are packed with people, cars and bicycles, weaving an extraordinary tapestry of humanity. Yet, serenity can always be found — be it a class practicing Tai Chi in a park or the peaceful repose of the city's fabled jade Buddha.

This fabled port on the Huangpu River has played a pivotal role in the tumultuous history of modern China. Originally, a chief treaty port inflicted by the West on Imperial China, Shanghai was famed for the Bund, an elegant section of riverbank lined with great mercantile houses and elegant mansions. The city was also the cradle of the Chinese Communist Party, and it is here that the People's Republic created its vast commercial and industrial bastion.

Discover some of Shanghai's legendary attractions, from exquisite temples and superb museums, to a stroll along the Bund with its elegant 19th century European architecture. The city is also your gateway to the Grand Canal and the famed cities of Wuxi and Suzhou.

Nanjing Road
Shanghai's premier shopping district features the most Western-style shops in all of China.

Jade Buddha Temple
The temple is home to two exquisite Buddhas brought from Burma in the late 19th century. The sitting Buddha carved out of solid white jade measures 1.95 meters, the recumbent Buddha measures 90 centimeters.

Yu Garden
With its ponds, caves and pagodas, this garden built in 1559 is one of the most lavish and fine Chinese gardens in Shanghai.