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Shanghai feels a million light years away. With the imposing Forbidden City at its heart, hutongs branch out through the inner city like an endless mass of grey veins. Massive pagodas and palaces pay tribute to China's intrinsic history; today, cars are more common than bikes, hutongs make way for apartments, but locals still practice the old traditions from Tai Chi to devouring steamed buns on a misty morning.