The paris of the east
Ah magnificent Shanghai—a city so alive it’s practically buzzing. And with a population larger than most small countries, it’s no wonder that this fantastic juxtaposition of old and new pulsates with the energy of change, progress, and a healthy dose of history.
To get a glimpse of the past, head to the spectacular Shanghai Museum on the People’s Square to see ancient artifacts. Or wander Shanghai’s most iconic street, the Bund, where classic art deco buildings and the high-end stores of the French Concession almost make you think you’re in Paris (in fact, this area is what lends Shanghai the nickname “Paris of the East”). That is, until you look gaze the Yangtze River at the futuristic skyline of the Lujiazui area, which looks like it could have been the backdrop of the next sci-fi summer blockbuster. Explore modern architectural wonders like the Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Building, and Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world.
And because Azamara stays in port longer than any other cruise line, you might just be lucky enough to see Shanghai when it truly shines—after the sun goes down and the lights brilliant illuminate the futuristic skyline.Download An Explorer Guide +
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