上海: shanghai

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Shanghai: many people, many chances" said a taxi driver who barely spoke any English, yet genuinely wanted to communicate.

Yes, in the city that has been undergoing tremendous changes, everybody seems to be taking chances. 

With a staggering 24 million inhabitants and 3800 people squeezed into every square kilometer, it is one of the most populous city in the world. And one of the most intense. Busiest port, center of commerce, global financial hub -- the energy is palpable and intoxicating ( and so is the ever-present smog;  almost everybody coughs). 

East meets West, happiness mixes with sorrow, ambition and wealth collide with despair and poverty. Yet, everything and everyone seems to be pushing forward; for better, for worse...