Ancient heritage, modern buzz

With Shanghai at its heart, in one of the most populated regions in the world, there’s no shortage of things to see in Yangtze Delta. Home to sprawling networks of canals, glorious ancient temples and some world-class museums, its cities – most easily reached from Shanghai on the super-fast bullet train – are some of the most fascinating in China. Here’s where to begin.

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Shanghai

Wondering what to do in Yangtze Delta? Start in Shanghai, one of the world’s great cities. A stimulating mix of ambitious cutting-edge architecture, international brands and colonial buildings, the city is constantly changing and bursting with energy.
Shanghai’s art scene is one of the most stimulating attractions in Yangtze Delta: the city’s full of innovative small galleries (stop by the M50 complex to visit dozens in one go) but it’s also home to several brilliant art museums.

Try the excellent Yuz Museum for an array of Western and Eastern contemporary art housed in a cavernous former aircraft hangar. Shanghai’s French Concession, with its indie restaurants, all-day cafes, chic boutiques and leafy streets, is a calm place to spend an afternoon.

And don’t leave Shanghai without at least one nighttime stroll along the Bund, the Huangpu River’s promenade. Families and groups of friends gather here nightly to see the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong light up across the water, and to enjoy upscale bars and restaurants that stay busy until the wee hours.

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