City Guide: Shanghai, China

The futuristic skyline of the Pudong financial district, synonymous with Shanghai, is upscaling - or rather diversifying. A series of modern monuments are making space for creative culture in Shanghai and transforming the look - and character - of the city. A host of high-profile museum openings and the launch of several influential art fairs have solidified the city's status as a major player in the Asian art world.

As China's biggest city and most outwardly modern city, Shanghai is still as flash and brash as it ever was, but beneath all the excess there's more substance than ever.

This article appears in Vol 22: The Design Issue