Shanghai, City Of Youth

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01The Compass2017021620170219 (WS)What draws young graduates to study and work in Shanghai?

As Shanghai aims to become a major global capital, Haining Liu meets the young Shang-hainese working as entrepreneurs in finance and technology. At one of the new wave of ‘shared offices' she discovers what draws young graduates to study and work here and asks whether they can ever make enough money to stay.

Around half of Shanghai's population are migrants who come here to find work. We travel round the city with the young delivery workers newly arrived from rural China and discover what life is like for those who come here with nothing.

(Photo: A group of young Chinese walk past a billboard showing the Pudong financial district in Shanghai. Credit: Mark Falston/AFP/Getty Images)

What draws young graduates to study and work in Shanghai?

As Shanghai aims to become a major global capital, Haining Liu meets the young Shang-hainese working as entrepreneurs in finance and technology. At one of the new wave of ‘shared offices’ she discovers what draws young graduates to study and work here and asks whether they can ever make enough money to stay.

Around half of Shanghai’s population are migrants who come here to find work. We travel round the city with the young delivery workers newly arrived from rural China and discover what life is like for those who come here with nothing.

(Photo: A group of young Chinese walk past a billboard showing the Pudong financial district in Shanghai. Credit: Mark Falston/AFP/Getty Images)

02The Compass2017022320170226 (WS)In this three-part series, Haining Liu visits Shanghai to explore the city's allure for young people in China.

In this three-part series, Haining Liu visits Shanghai to explore the city’s allure for young people in China.

03Shanghai City Of Youth - Part Three - The Compass2017030220170305 (WS)The city's cultural hub attracts young people with both an Eastern and Western outlook

The Compass - exploring our world.

Shanghai aims to become a global capital of finance and technology by 2020, but it's also becoming a city of culture - a cosmopolitan draw for young people seeking a lifestyle mixing the ideas of East and West.

The newly-regenerated waterfront area is now lined with art galleries and boutique shops and Shanghai millennials hang out in the former colonial French Concession, which bustles with hip cocktail bars and fancy bakeries. Adrenalin sports such as ‘free jumping' are among the global pursuits which attract young people to live here.

But will China's political system allow this huge city to rival other urban centres of the and can it secure its place as a city of the world?

Image: Three people pose for a selfie in front of Shanghai's waterfront, Credit: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

03The Compass2017030220170305 (WS)In this three-part series, Haining Liu visits Shanghai to explore the city's allure for young people in China.

In this three-part series, Haining Liu visits Shanghai to explore the city’s allure for young people in China.