The Peninsula Hotels


Peninsula hotel's historian digs out the glamorous Shanghai of the 1930s

As historian Peter Hibbard sees it, despite the 2010 World Expo, today's Shanghai has nothing on its day as the Paris of the Orient. 'Go back to 1930s Shanghai and it was the best Expo ever: the whole city was the Expo, there was a never-ending swirl of social life,' the Briton said.