You get the best of both worlds in Shanghai with the beautiful historical Puxi being the major draw. The best place to start is down by the Huangpu River in an area called the Bund, which was lined with hundreds of warehouses, banks and other commercial premises in its heyday as Shanghai’s commercial district.
With business now transferred to the modern side of the river, the waterfront has been redeveloped into a leisure and entertainment area with cafes, bars, shops and apartments replacing the warehouses. It’s still an atmospheric place to visit and the remaining presence of the original buildings can spark the imagination to what it must have been like there a century or more ago.
The Bund lies next to the Old City where you’ll see the traditional wooden homes and buildings of yesteryear as well as several temples and tea houses.