Shanghai escapades

From stunning Art Deco buildings dotting the Bund to hip cafes in heritage buildings, the Paris of the East has it all

Shanghai's futuristic cityscape - dominated by gleaming new skyscrapers - has been the backdrop of Hollywood blockbusters like James Bond flick Skyfall (2012) and science-fiction film Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

But the city is also home to well-preserved Art Deco buildings and shikumen, preserved 19th-century colonial alleylane houses.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 21, 2018, with the headline 'Shanghai escapades'. Subscribe