'The train can go 394.2 kilometres per hour, it's the fastest train in operation in the world,' Zhang Shuguang, head of ...

Long-haul revolution

Steve McKenna takes the rough with the super smooth on a rail epic through the Middle Kingdom.

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Good old ways ... the Old Town district.

A little spit and no polish

Throat-clearing by the locals aside, Steve McKenna is delighted to explore a resolutely down-to-earth slice of Shanghai.

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United Kingdom Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai

Red hot Shanghai

From a department-store liaison to a rooftop martini, the World Expo 2010 city has it all, writes Robert Upe.

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Switched on ... Shanghai's Nanjing Road buzzes after midnight.

Insider's guide to Shanghai

Visitors hoping to delve into local culture can stay with a Shanghainese family as part of the government's World Expo 2010 homestay program.

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