If you travel about 40kms on the ultra modern and fast Maglev Train (Magnetic Levitation), after a few minutes you will reach the city of Shanghai, a truly cosmopolitan and futuristic city with an almost European feel, that is located along the banks of the Huang Pu Jiang river; this was once a lively town of fishermen that, after the economic-political turning point in 1979, has rapidly turned into a very important centre for international financial business.
Only 10 years ago, its port was an immense stretch of mud and land, while today it has become the third most important port in the world, for both tourism and trade.
Shanghai has about 20 million inhabitants, including both residents and commuters, which are tireless workers in all areas of business, and they make this city one of the most densely populated areas of the world.
In the area of Waitan, you will find old colonial style buildings; whereas the area of Buna has always been known for its large commercial buildings, foreign consulates and the headquarters of the most famous international banks.
In the centre of the city is the most famous shopping street, with some of the best shops where both the Chinese and the tourists do their shopping.
In addition to the magnificent and luxurious hotels, there are other original buildings such as the Grand Opera Theatre; the new Art Museum, that is the most famous in the whole of China with a collection of both modern and antique works of art and the Buddha Temple, which is still functioning.
You must also visit the Jinmao Tower, headquarters of the local television, from which you can get an amazing view of the city and the surrounding bay.