China's bullet trains can go 1300 km from Beijing to Shanghai in less than five hours.
New InterContinental which cascades 16 storeys down the side of an old quarry and cost gazillions to build.
The Getaway: Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund
Amid the cutting-edge architecture, high-end restaurants and sky-high bars, old-school survives.
Here are some of the essentials to pack into your Shanghai sojourn.
A Shanghai dumpling, or xiao long bao, is a must-try dish in its namesake city – Shanghai.
Almost every city has a harbour, lake or river, but none have successfully captured the undefinable mojo of being a waterfront hub like these 20 cities.
From Pudong's glittering skyscrapers reflected in its waterfront to the crumbling colonial buildings in the city's French Concession, this is a city of contradiction. Patrons attend glitzy bars sitting high as the clouds, while others queue for buns below. Trains move at earth shattering speeds past old men riding bicycles on cluttered streets. The head-spinning transformation of this city is confounding and compelling.