Originally a fishing town, Shanghai became China's most important city by the 20th century and was the center of popular culture, intellectual and political intrigue during the Republic of China era. Today, Shanghai is the commercial center of China and has one of the most dynamic skylines in the world. Shanghai is a very beautiful city and has many interesting tourist spots such as parks, beautiful churches, temples, towers, gardens, museums and so on. A walk through some of the oldest streets of China is also very exciting. Some of the popular tourist attractions are: Chinese City, British Public Park, The Japanese Concessions, The French Concessions, Pudong, Jinmao Tower. It is a good starting point for a boat trip on the Huangpu river.