Shanghai

A century ago, it was the siren of the East in western eyes, attracting the usual colonial mix of gold-diggers and carpet baggers, and becoming an international symbol of corruption and exploitation, ill-gotten gains and fickle fortunes. Some decades later it was a cradle of the Chinese Revolution, the birthplace of the Communist Party of China in 1921. Today the international gold rush is once again evident in Shanghai, as profit-seeking businesses from all over the world flock to a vastly different but even more fascinating city. The origins of Shanghai reflected its early character of international degradation. After the…