Category: China

Hanging out in Hangzhou


Capital of Zhejiang province to the southwest of Shanghai, Hangzhou is one of the most popular tourist destinations in mainland China. Its prized attractions include scenic West Lake, which together with the surrounding temples, pagodas, and gardens, was recently inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shanghai Day 2: East meets West


Shanghai’s importance as a center of trade grew in the 19th century when the British, following their victory over China in the First Opium War, opened the city to foreign trade. The French, British, and American Concessions were subsequently established in Shanghai. Today, Western influence is evident in the architecture of buildings in the former concession areas that coexist with traditional Chinese architecture in the old city.

Shimmering Shanghai


Shanghai is mainland China’s most important financial center and also its most populous metropolitan area with over 23 million people. The city on the Yangtze River delta is also dubbed the “Paris of the East” owing to the unmistakeable influence of the West in its old buildings – represented in a grand parade of different European architectural styles on The Bund. Across the Huangpu River, the cluster of skyscrapers in the Pudong district is a glittering symbol of China as an economic power.