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Once a 16th-century walled city, Shanghai today is contemporary, welcoming and reflective of its several centuries as an important international shipping, banking and trading city. Even now, tourists and professionals around the world travel to Shanghai to explore its robust financial markets and discover its diverse cultural treasures.
Its legacy as an international port gives Shanghai its enchanting global flavor. Diverse architectural styles differentiate the metropolis from other Chinese cities and lure visitors to explore its engaging districts.
At the height of its reign as the preeminent East Asian post, Shanghai erected dozens of Art Deco buildings. Today, many of those grand Art Deco buildings stand, creating one of the world's largest clusters of Art Deco buildings.
The broad, captivating Huangpu River promenade in The Bund district entices visitors and locals to stroll while admiring the area's 52 majestic buildings. Presenting a diverse range of architectural styles, including Gothic, Beaux Arts, Baroque, Renaissance and Romanesque, The Bund was a recognizable symbol of Shanghai's robust international prominence in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Those strolling along The Bund enjoy stellar views across the river of Shanghai's vigorous financial district. Often considered the new face of the city, the Pudong district is a cosmopolitan assortment of glass-and-steel skyscrapers, high-end entertainment options and chic restaurants.
A recognizable and iconic feature of the Pudong skyline is the unique Oriental Pearl Tower, presenting 15 observation decks and a space-age design.
Although Shanghai is eminently contemporary, it retains its openness to many ancient religions. Visitors delight in touring the city's historic temples, including those in the Old City. There, the Taoist City God Temple offers amazing alters, pavilions and tea gardens. The Jade Buddha Temple showcases an immense reclining Buddha, the Jing'an Temple features awe-inspiring halls, and Longhua Temple is characterized by its towering pagoda and breathtaking 500 golden Luohan figures.
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