Shanghai is one of the largest cities in all of China, and has the largest population of any city in the world. It is located in the Yangtze River Delta in the eastern part of China. It sits right on the opening of the Yangtze River. Shanghai is a very popular tourist destination, and is known for its historical landmarks as much as its modern representation of the booming economy in China.
One of the soon to open most exciting attractions of the city is the Shanghai Disney Resort Project. The construction of the resort began in November of 2009 and estimated to be finished and opened by 2016. This is a projected 4.4 billion dollar project and will feature that largest castle in all of Disney’s resorts. Of course the city isn’t all about what is new and is steeped in history and some of it is lovingly restored. Many of the old cities are home to traditional style buildings such as the Yutuan Garden which is an elaborate traditional Chinese garden that is constructed in the Jiangnan style.
To truly explore parts of the ancient culture of China travel just a little over 11 miles from the downtown area of Shanghai. Here you will find Qbibao Ancient Town. It is an ancient water township that has been in existence for more than 1,000 years. The town was built during the Northern song Dynasty from 960 -1126. It became a prosperous city during the Ming and Qing dynasties from the 14th to the 20th century. The city is a major representation of the early development of China’s urban planning of metropolitan areas. Of course there is no better way to experience a culture than through its cuisine. Many of the food that is available in this old town are colorful, visually appetizing as well as tempting aromas. A few of the local treats to try are the Qibaogao, different flavored cakes that are made from a polished rice, Hebao doufugan, that is dried bean curd that is wrapped in lotus leaves, and Kaohongshu, which are roasted sweet potatoes. For those that have a bit more adventurous palettes try the smoked toad or the Tanghulu, that are sugar coated haws on sticks. Nibble on these delightful treats as you stroll around an experience an ancient Chinese city,