City guide

Ev­ery­thing you need to know about Shang­hai

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This dy­namic Chi­nese megac­ity is com­ing on to Air Ni­ug­ini’s radar, with flights due to start early next year. Brian John­ston goes ex­plor­ing.

Few cities can match crowded, fu­tur­is­tic, for­ward-look­ing Shang­hai. From hum­ble be­gin­nings as a mere fish­ing vil­lage, it be­gan its climb to megac­ity less than 200 years ago and has re­cently be­come the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of China’s eco­nomic dy­namism, bristling with sky­scrapers, flash­ing with neon and heady with a can-do at­ti­tude.

While it has few his­toric sights other than ven­er­a­ble tem­ples and an in­ter­est­ing Euro­pean colo­nial her­itage, Shang­hai is a mustvisit des­ti­na­tion for its cul­tural cre­ativ­ity, vi­brant and ev­er­chang­ing din­ing scene, shop­ping and the en­er­getic op­ti­mism of its in­hab­i­tants.

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