Shanghai is staging itself
as the city of the future in the Orient, even though Hong Kong and cities
in Malaysia such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are the current hot spots
for business and trade. Shanghai is using its developments on the
East side of the Huangpu river (the new business district) and the Three
Rivers Gorge Dam Project to make it the new financial center in the Far
East. I enjoyed my trip to Shanghai and while it is thriving as a
business area it is definitely maintaining its beauty and culture.
Visits to the Jade Buddha temple and the Suzhou Garden are to great places
to witness China's beauty. I was fortunate enough to stay at the
gorgeous Ritz Carlton but the Mandarin Oriental is another fabulous hotel.
Two things I recommend you do is ride the Huangpujiang ferry and visit
the Yuyuan Garden Commercial City. While Yuyuan may seem like a crowded
area of shops and people which it, it has this remarkable and world famous
tea garden hidden in its center. If room permits have some tea and
cookies in the little pagoda across the bridge (it has served Queen Elizabeth
and several other heads of state). May your fortunes be great!!!