With one of the most talked about presidential elections in America’s political history just a few weeks behind in the past, the nation is buzzing about what is to be expected in President Barack Obama’s second term. Experts say the domestic issues, such as the economy, carried heavier importance in the minds of Americans this past election than foreign issues. However, the second presidential debate on October 16 th got both candidates talking about one country in particular who has given America some stiff competition on the global power stage. The nation who has gained somewhat of a negative reputation among Americans over the course of the recent economic recession for reportedly being responsible for taking over the success of America’s manufacturers: China.
While China is known for not playing entirely by the rules in regards to the economy, labeling the entire nation, its people, and its culture as “the bad guy” is not playing by the rules of human dignity and respect. The right to explore the deep history of China is available to every human being, regardless of China’s leadership and economical methods.
Often overlooked, China’s history is rich and long. Many accessories to today’s human society surprisingly originated in China. The Italians may be famous for their pasta, but they actually acquired the idea for spaghetti from the Lo Mein noodle invented in China. Having suffered a long history of conquerors from the West, as well as Communist rulers, this country has rebounded again and again. Each time, their culture grows stronger and their bond as a united people on the path to progression grows tighter. This is not a particularly easy task when cultures from afar attempt to infiltrate their ways into those of the Chinese.
The city of Shanghai sits on the eastern seaboard of Asia. The most populated city in China and the largest city proper in the world (urban boundaries without inclusion of its suburbs), Shanghai is a bustling hub of culture, innovation, art, commerce, and history. Home to the busiest container port in the world labels Shanghai as a global finance center. So why would one want to spend their leisure vacation time making their way through sidewalks full of suits and briefcases? Shanghai is definitely home to plenty of those, but it is special in the way that it offers a little of all worlds.
Plentiful with historic landmarks, including The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, this great city is overflowing with activities and sights for the history buff and the cultural explorer. Head to the Old City of Shanghai to discover the deepest part of this grand city’s history. The great defensive walls that used to surround Shanghai are mostly demolished now, but the history is still just as prominent and shocking. Shanghai’s prime location at the mouth of the Yangtzee River offers nature lovers an opportunity to discover one of the world’s most famous rivers.
For the business enthusiast, the Lujiazui district of Shanghai offers some of the world’s most prominent and tallest financial landmarks, including the Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Building, and the Shanghai World Financial Center. The picturesque skyline of Lujiazui is a lovely modern addition to Shanghai’s list of things to see.
Travel does not need to follow politics, economics, or anything of the sort. That is the beauty of it. Keeping an open mind and a judgment free attitude opens many doors for us as humans. Following current events is important, but it goes hand-in-hand with travel. Emerging ourselves in foreign places and cultural pastimes can do the soul so much good. China cannot be off limits because of the actions of manufacturers, and China cannot be held accountable for the troubles of America’s economy. Regardless of the politics, this dominant Asian country has so much to offer to the eager traveler.
Travel China Guide
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