Gigantic, pulsating, hyperactive: Shanghai has enjoyed phenomenal expansion in recent decades. Nothing is too expensive, nor too beautiful, nor too high when it comes to making up for lost time and forgetting a past of bureaucratic collectivism.
A powerful wave of modernisation is stirring up the whole of China, and it seems to be coming from Shanghai. Eager to break records and taking the vertical heights of America as a yardstick, this bustling metropolis has enthusiastically re-embraced capitalism. In recent years, the city has become a leading economic centre and already sees itself as the future financial capital of China. With “barely” 20 million inhabitants, it accounts for a fifth of national industrial production.
The age-old port of Yang Tse Kiang, the fantasy reservoir of the 1920s, the capital of fashion and frivolity, a cosmopolitan metropolis with futuristic architecture, the mysterious city of the Blue Lotus… whatever your expectations, now is the time to experience Shanghai!