Shanghai – few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in name alone. The largest city in China is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once. Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis and serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China.
In addition to its modernization, the city’s multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional, and the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city’s culture, making a visitor’s stay memorable.
Being capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, and cultural center. As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development. Few places on earth can match the extraordinary historical panorama on display in Beijing. There are six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this city alone (just one less than the whole of Egypt). At its heart is the magnificent Forbidden City, a royal palace on a scale like no other. Beijing is also home to sublime temples that aspire to cosmological perfection, while the city center is criss-crossed by enchanting hútòng: ancient alleyways that teem with life today, as they did hundreds of years ago. And, to cap it all, the awe-inspiring Great Wall snakes its way across the hills north of town.