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Shanghai is China's most cosmopolitan city, with a population of some 25 million people, and more than 160,000 millionaires. Beyond the 100-storey buildings, you'll find quiet tree-lined streets, sweet boutiques and artsy cafés in the Former French Concession; the Bund's majestic waterfront promenade; one of the finest collections of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world; as well as Buddhist temples, ancient gardens and a handful of lilong (low-rise, gated) neighbourhoods. In Shanghai, known as the “Paris of the East,” the cultures from East and West are intertwined to create the city’s cosmopolitan style. What was once the ten-mile Shanghai International Settlement, established by the British in conjunction with Americans and French living along the Huangpu River in present-day Puxi, the metropolis currently develops and changes every day. There are historical and cultural architectural wonders lining the Bund and Xintiandi, as well as fashionable attractions in Pudong, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai Disneyland Resort. Young creative souls can go to the Former French Concession’s Tianzifang and 1933 Laoyangfang (a former slaughterhouse turned into unique shops and art galleries) to experience what the area was once like centuries ago. The fashionable can walk up and down Nanjing Xi Shopping Street to their hearts’ content. Foodies can go to the Chenghuang (City God) Temple in the Yu Garden complex to try Shanghai delicacies. Shanghai is a multifaceted place no one will regret visiting.