by Barbara Pollack
Shanghai, a city with old European-style neighborhoods and a 21st-century skyline, is the Chinese city that foreigners love best. In Shanghai it is possible to cling to lingering images of intrigue and glamour that have not quite been erased by the contemporary reality of sheer commerce. The Chinese know that Beijing is the true center of culture in China, as testified by the presence of scores of art communities and over 300 galleries. The Shanghai scene, then, always has a bit of a chip on its shoulder, anxious to prove that it can outdo Beijingers, or at least provide more fun.