Shanghai Bling

How to enjoy history, hedonism and quite a lot of happy hours Shanghai style.

When I first went to Shanghai in the Winter of 1990, the only company I had was a backpack and a money belt light on ready cash. Having steamed up the coast by slow boat from Hong Kong, I disembarked shortly after dawn on the third day to find a city with just paddy fields on one side of the Huangpu river and a neo-classical time warp called the Bund on the other. My lodgings were a rambling Victorian mansion crammed with fellow backpackers and I remember getting a bed in a draughty corridor rather than a room. For visitors then, the biggest challenges were negotiating your way around a city with virtually no English...

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