The second most influential city in China, Shanghai, beckons a fluid mix of Chinese and western influences from art deco buildings to local eats and Koreatown. Shanghai is a truly international city, drawing influences from other top class cities to be an independent culture of its own.
PORTS OF HISTORY
Photo: Old Bund
Like the former “Little Amsterdam” in South Street Seaport of in New York City, Shanghai, started as a shipping port in the 1800’s with merchants and traders from England, United States, France, Germany and Russia.
Photo: South Street Seaport
SHAPED BY IMMIGRANTS
Photo of Jinmao Tower during it’s construction
NYC is shaped by immigrants from Europe, Shanghai is a city built by migrant workers. From skyscrapers to subways, both cities owe it to the migrants for growing a city.
Photo of the Empire State during its construction
Bull in Shanghai
Twin cities in every right, what are the chances we not only have the Wall Street Bull sitting on the Bund, we also have the Iron Building as well!
Bull in New York
See the Wukang Mansion in comparison to the famous landmark on 5th Ave.
Can we also make a remark about having NYU of the East in Pudong, next to Century Park versus, the very own NYU in downtown NYC next to Washington Square Park?
NY Shanghai aerial vs. NYC
RIVERS AND BRIDGES
Shanghai’s network of bridges connecting Pudong and Puxi is similar to Manhattan connecting to Brooklyn or, New Jersey. A view so similar, it almost feels like you are in two places at the same time
UNDISCOVERED GEMS IN THE CITY
Similar to walking through Highline Park, you see so many undiscovered architectural gems. But, the beauty of Shanghai is the combination of Eastern culture amidst the Western settings, especially when you walk through the Bund. Walk back in time to the golden era of Shanghai where the buildings talk of a past tale.
CRAZY OVER KOREATOWN
Both cities maybe a melting culture pot, but you can clearly see international communities keeping their roots. Venturing deep into Gubei, you can find Koreatown, a narrow strip of Korean restaurants with signs and menus all in Korean and a department store dedicated to selling all Korean products, from the latest nail art to fashion wear. Can you tell the difference between the Gubei community versus K-Town strip on 34th street?
QUINTESSENTIAL BREAKFAST TO GO
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And a quintessential breakfast item synonymous to bagels in New York is Shanghai’s famous steamed buns. Just don’t expect the food to come out of trucks in Shanghai, plenty of street food and noodle stalls.
Courtesey: Woks of Life
CLASSIC PARTY NIGHTS: LES and Wuding Lu (or former Yong Kang Lu)
Yong Kang Lu is so 2016, but the fact is unchangeable about how much alike these two are. Drinking in the street until wee hours of the morning, packed but seeing friends all around you—it’s a classic NY moment, followed by a late free-flow brunch the next day.