The Afar Guide to

Once a tiny fishing village, Shanghai is a thriving metropolitan hub with an incredible history. Here, East meets West, old marries new, and the running joke is that the city is constantly under construction. With a population of nearly 24 million, the various quarters give this mega-city a surprisingly neighborhoodlike feel. The incredible diversity of people is reflected in the richness of the culture, cuisine, and architecture. Shanghai is a city on the go, so before you get swept away in the flow or jostled out of your place in line, be sure to find a spot to slow down, plant your feet, and take it all in.

Essential Shanghai Facts to

know before you go

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Christy CampbellShanghai Local Expert

Christy is a freelance travel writer and owner of a small Branding and Communications business, Black Bear Ink. When she's not exploring new places or getting lost in her backyard, she's practicing the art of storytelling on Lane Letters.