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Shanghai is among China's most important cities. It is the most populous city in China and also the most populous in the world. Due to it's wide array of tourist attractions, Shanghai serves as one of China's best tourist destinations.
Shanghai has been a major part of China's meteoric rise in the modern world. It is a very important global financial centre and also the busiest container port in the world. The Pudong area skyline is a testament to this dominance of Shanghai as China's financial centre, with some of the tallest structures in the world such as the Shanghai Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Centre and the Jin Mao Tower.Not just economically, but Shanghai is a historically important city too, around 2000 years old. And this makes the city a very popular tourist attraction as well. Many of the city's tourist attractions such as the Lunghua Temple, the City God Temple and the Bund go centuries back. But what makes Shanghai a true cultural fusion is the fact that it has evolved so much beyond that and yet has held on to it's roots. You will find ancient temples and along with those you will find spectacular modern buildings. Places like the Shanghai Museum, or the Oriental Pearl Tower or the New International Expo Centre are an example of how far Shanghai has come, while the Yuyuan Garden and the Jade Temple at the same time take you back to the history of the city. This pronounced fusion of the ancient with constant progress and modernity make Shanghai one of the world's top most cities.