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The Bund as seen from the opposite side of the Huangpu River
Shanghai, China, is a two-hour flight from Osaka. Approximately 7.5 million people live in the 220 sq km that make up the city centre. The whole municipal area of Shanghai (6340 sq km) has a population of around 13.5 million. It is the most populated city in the most populated country in the world.

Shanghai lies on the Huangpu River, with old Shanghai on the west bank, and new Shanghai on the east. Old Shanghai contains buildings of many different styles; the British built many of the major buildings including most of the ones along the bund. Many of the buildings were funded from the trading of Opium. At the beginning of the 20th Century there were 1500 opium dens, 80 shops openly selling opium and 668 brothels. In 1934 the life expectancy of the Chinese in Shanghai was 27.

Pudong, on the east bank of the river, is Shanghai's (and China's) economic centre. Jinmao Tower, at 420.5m, is one of the tallest buildings in the world. Among other things it houses a hotel that doesn't even begin until the 56th floor. Before 1990, the area was just farmland.

The Bund, Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai The Oriental Pearl Tower, Pudong, Shanghai
The word 'shanghai' is also a verb. It means to drug a man and force him on to a ship where he is made to work - a common practice in the city 100 years ago.
Nanjing Road at night, Shanghai Nanjing Road at night, Shanghai Nanjing Road at night, Shanghai
Shanghai Shanghai The Grand Gateway Shopping Centre, Shanghai
The Bund at night, Shanghai The Bund at night Shanghai Pudong at night, Shanghai
Click here to see a short video clip of Pudong and The Bund at night The Bund at night, Shanghai

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