Shanghai feels about as communist as Bury St Edmunds. It’s a fantastic city full of exciting buildings, bright lights, lovely restaurants and luxury shops. (Shanghai that is, not Bury St Edmunds which is a small market town in Suffolk, UK).
Karl Marx would be turning in his grave to see the business suits scuttling between their shiny office buildings nattering on their iPhones. Or the expats jumping out of their Mercedes for a quick pancake at the splendid La Creperie in the French Concession.
There is little evidence of the austere grey buildings that dominate parts of Beijing or the smog that blankets the capital city. Shanghai feels like one of the most interesting and modern cities I’ve visited - the only downside is the inordinate number of Starbucks!
A great city - I’m definitely going back.