China's biggest city, Shanghai, is unlike anywhere else in the People's Republic. Puxi, to the west of the Huangpu river, showcases Shanghai's past as a key Asian trading post. The pretty French Concession, with its walled villas and cafes, retains a Parisian charm, while the spectacular riverside Bund, with its old banks and trading posts, offers views across the water to the high rises of Pudong in the east. The latter is symbolic of Shanghai's rapid development, home to some of the world's tallest buildings and biggest corporations. Despite being China's most outwardly modern city, there is history at every turn, from the ancient Jing'an Temple to the vast People's Square.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.