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The Bund, one of the most famous tourist (Credit: AP)

The Bund, one of the most famous tourist destinations, in Shanghai, China, is an avenue lined with art deco buildings from the 1920s and '30s. (May 8, 2013)

Shanghai, China

China's biggest city and financial hub is known for designer boutiques and fine dining. Yet wallet-draining Shanghai also offers activities that cost nothing, from walking on the riverfront Bund to sculpture parks and historic sites.

The Bund, one of the most famous tourist
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The Bund, one of the most famous tourist destinations, in Shanghai, China, is an avenue lined with art deco buildings from the 1920s and '30s. (May 8, 2013)

The Memorial of the First National Congress of
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The Memorial of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China commemorates the first party meeting in 1921 by Mao Zedong and 12 fellow leftists. The site includes wax figures of Mao Zedong (center, background) and others. (July 1, 2012)

Shanghai's Fuxing Park, southwest of People's Square on
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Shanghai's Fuxing Park, southwest of People's Square on the opposite side of the North-South Expressway, is a French-style park with fountains and gardens that was part of the French Concession neighborhood during Shanghai's colonial era. (Sept. 4, 2012)

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A statue of Karl Marx, left, and Frederick
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A statue of Karl Marx, left, and Frederick Engels at Fuxing Park in Shanghai, China. (May 4, 2012)

On the southern edge of People's Square, the
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On the southern edge of People's Square, the Shanghai Museum has an extensive collection of porcelains, jades, paintings and bronzes from families that fled to Hong Kong following the 1949 communist victory. (May 8, 2013)

The Moganshan Road Art District, on the bank
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The Moganshan Road Art District, on the bank of Suzhou Creek, houses the city's most prominent contemporary galleries — locals as well as outposts of European and U.S. galleries — in converted textile factories and warehouses dating to the 1930s. (May 8, 2013)

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"Ray," a sculpture by Indian artist Subodh Gupta, is among the works at Jing'an Sculpture Park in Shanghai, China. The 15-acre park has monumental works in stone, steel and other materials by artists from around the world. (Oct. 5, 2012)

Life-size statues of women sit in the Hongfang
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Life-size statues of women sit in the Hongfang Creative Industrial Zone, which houses galleries showing works by Chinese and foreign contemporary artists. (May 7, 2013)

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The Hongfang Creative Industrial Zone, created in 2005
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The Hongfang Creative Industrial Zone, created in 2005 out of a cluster of renovated factories, houses galleries showing works by Chinese and foreign contemporary artists. (May 7, 2013)

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