When it comes to size, China can certainly compete with some of the biggest names in the world. This country is vast and enthralling in every direction from the dusty deserts that make up Central Asia, to the tropical beaches that nestle close to the Pacific Ocean. Stretching from north to south, China sits between the rolling Mongolian Steppe and the jungle covered peaks of Southeast Asia.
Shanghai is a city that sprawls and seethes with the energy of more than 24 million people and is one of the world’s largest cities. It gradually increased in importance as a city throughout the dynastic ages of the Song and Ming, but it was under the Qing that it boomed to become the most important trading port on the Yangtze River Delta.
In the present day Shanghai is much the same and the shimmering skyscrapers on the Bund are testament to the city’s trading power. You will still find traces of the old however in the numerous historic buildings and the leafy canals of the French Concession.