Now that The Amazing Race is back to regular programming, we can resume doing these pit stop fivers. And, after the modern comforts of Singapore, we are headed to the Chinese city of Shanghai. Not that I'm saying the place is far from modern: anybody who watches the news would know that Shanghai has become a symbol of a resurging China.
But the country's always been a mix of the old and the new: a strong sense of tradition colliding, and meshing, with the demands of the modern economy. I've only seen the country through those travel documentaries (and that one visit to Hong Kong a couple of years ago) and it's quite evident they're not just managing with juggling both those aspects. They're doing it quite nicely.
As always, this fiver is built to set you up for the things you should expect in the race, and perhaps give you a handful of tidbits about our host country. My help in this regard, as always, is trusty Wikipedia and the folks over at RFF. And with that, let the storytelling begin.
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