Arts + Culture

24 Hours in Shanghai

by Concierge.com staff

2 PM: Take a stroll along the Bund

This stretch of Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, on the western bank of the Huangpu River, was once home to the Wall Street of Asia. The grand mansions were built as headquarters for British, French, American, Russian, and Japanese banking institutions that had established themselves in the city following the Opium Wars in the 1840s, when Shanghai was opened up to foreign trade. The hodgepodge of architectural styles—Art Deco, Gothic, Renaissance, Romanesque, and neoclassical—illustrates the many foreign influences. Get to the promenade at dawn to see locals practice kung fu, qigong, and tai chi, as well as ballroom dancing. Snap a picture of one of the best views of the Pudong skyline across the water before catching a river taxi directly to Shanghai's World Expo site.

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