Step into this city and take a step back in time.
Planned entertainment developments have sprouted up all over Shanghai, but this neighborhood — by far the most entertaining of all — is as organic as they come. Isolation during the years of French and British rule helped Old City of Shanghai, formerly known as Chinese city, maintain its traditional look and feel, and today it offers a taste of ancient China.
It's also home to great shopping and dining. A cup of green tea at the pagoda-style Huxinting Tea House is a must, as is a browse through the fake (and occasionally real) antiques at Fuyou Market. Most fun of all: wandering the narrow back lanes for a glimpse of a world that time forgot.