Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Concession to the forest of cranes and the neon-lit high-rises of Pudong, Shanghai is a city of paradox and change.

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  • 1. Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

    Hongkou | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1927, the Ohel Moishe Synagogue was the spiritual center of Shanghai's Jewish ghetto in the '30s and '40s, and now houses the excellent...Read More

  • 2. The Bund

    The Bund | Neighborhood/Street

    Shanghai's waterfront boulevard best shows both the city's pre-1949 past and its focus on the future. Both the northern and southern ends of...Read More

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  • 3. Bank of China

    The Bund | Notable Building

    British art deco and Chinese elements combine in this 1937 building, which was designed to be the tallest in the city. However, opium magnate...Read More

  • 4. Cathay Theatre

    French Concession | Arts/Performance Venue

    The art deco–style Cathay Cinema was one of the first movie theaters in Shanghai and, indeed, still shows a mix of Chinese and Western films...Read More

  • 5. Duolun Lu

    Hongkou | Historic District/Site

    Although this road has been heavily restored, its architecture and general ambience takes you back in time to the 1930s, when the 1-km (½-mile...Read More

  • 6. Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

    French Concession | Museum/Gallery

    Sun Yat-sen, the father of the Republic of China, lived in this two-story house from 1919 to 1924. His wife, Soong Qing-ling, of the illustrious...Read More

  • 7. Moller Villa

    Jing'an | Historic Home

    Built by Swedish shipping magnate Eric Moller in 1936, this massive villa resembles a fairy-tale castle. It's a surprising sight when you come...Read More

  • 8. Paramount

    Jing'an | Notable Building

    Built in 1933, the Paramount was considered the finest dance hall in Asia. Until 1949, the so-called "Gate of 100 Pleasures" was the place for...Read More

  • 9. Peace Hotel

    The Bund | Hotel

    This hotel at the corner of the Bund and Nanjing Dong Lu is among Shanghai's most treasured buildings. If any establishment will give you a...Read More

  • 10. Soong Qing-ling's Former Residence

    French Concession | Historic Home

    A daughter of the prominent Soong family, Soong Qing-ling (also known as Madame Sun Yat-sen) was first a Nationalist and then a Communist. Her...Read More

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