Shanghai, the “gateway to China”
It’s no coincidence that Shanghai has been known as the “gateway to China” long before IMS arrived in the city. Thanks to the city’s proximity to the water, Shanghai has always been a trade and economic centre for the country and is a pretty intoxicating blend of the historic colonial Bund and the skyscraping towers of the modern day.
Beyond the usual tourist haunts of food and site-seeing, Shanghai has an extravagant atmosphere as one of the largest and richest cities in China – which means shopping and experiences often compared to the likes of New York City or Paris. OF course, IMS wouldn’t be posting itself there, unless Shanghai had a very promising nightlife culture with mega clubs and bars like Bar Rouge or minimal, for-the-music-only venues like The Shelter.
Shanghai is also a convenient jump-off point for travel throughout the rest of China or Asia, so IMS might be just the springboard of your trip.