Shanghai, the most notorious of Chinese cities, was once called the Paris of the East. A more apt name today would be Powerhouse of Asia. Commerce has always defined this port city, from the mid-1800s when it was still a small fishing village, through the 1920s when it was a hub of vice and indulgence, to today as it emerges arguably the most prominent business center on the continent. A true contemporary metropolis, Shanghai offers bright lights, gleaming skyscrapers, and hot new bars and restaurants layered over a past as wild and complex as any Pleasure Island. Profiles of Shanghai's major neighborhoods, such as Pudong, the Bund, and the French Concession, with detailed maps and indexes to the sights, restaurants, and hotels in each district. Top Experiences: the best of Shanghai in one place. Size up what to do quickly with snapshot descriptions of the must-see sights and on-target recommendations for a night on the town, a morning stroll, an afternoon shopping spree, and more.New illustrated features on the effects of a booming economy, the cuisines of China, shopping for antiques, and much more. Chinese translations: easy-to-read boxes will have the English, Chinese, and pinyin names for every sight, restaurant, hotel, shop, and nightlife venue. More than 100 tip boxes and essays entice readers with fun anecdotes and keep them clued in with easy-to-spot essential info. With 8-page color insert.