Shanghai is arguably the most westernized city in China. Though originally forced open as a concession port at the end of the Opium War with Britain, the city has flourished. Foreign investment, once by decree and now by choice, has played a huge part in Shanghai’s development. A walk along the Bund, or riverfront, reveals modern office buildings, classic colonial-style structures, and an international mix of people. Far from being “overrun” by foreign influence, Shanghai’s long Chinese heritage has blended with it in a unique synthesis.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013