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Shanghai Triad

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As the sun rises, the coal barges queue the Huangpu River along Pudong's skyline.

Shanghai is China's most modern city--nicknamed Paris of the East--and Pudong is its financial and futuristic hub. The cityscape is dominated by the Shanghai World Financial Center (the bottle-opener building with the world's highest observation deck), the Jinmao Tower, and the Oriental Pearl Tower--all soon to be eclipsed by the 121-story Shanghai Tower.

The view, at the intersection of the Huangpu River and the Suzhou Creek, evolves from sunrise to sunset. You can see the Old City (the past), the Bund (the present), and Pudong (the future). Traditional kites soar high in the morning. The bustle of the Bund heats up in the afternoon. And Pudong's candy-colored skyline glitters at night.

The triad of past, present and future makes Shanghai one of Asia's most memorable cities.

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by Jack Barr
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