In a new survey designed to identify the happiest travel destination, Shanghai has emerged as second in the world, behind Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
The survey, which was introduced as the "definitive ranking of the happiest travel destinations for 2017", was conducted by Conde Nast Traveler in conjunction with "happiness experts" Gretchen Rubin and Shawn Achor, who have researched and authored books on the subject.
According to results, the Chinese city is the only Asian city to make it to the top 10 list.
But in its description, the study was careful to clarify that looking for the happiest travel destination is not the same as looking for the happiest place to live in.
The factors behind a happy travel experience, according to Rubin and Achor lies in "the psychology of awe, the physiology of adventure".
With that, the reason behind Shanghai's high rating is its "mashups of formal and informal". One moment, you could be "strolling the chic waterfront Bund; the next, a few streets over, you're transported to a colonial era."
It is for this very reason that Shanghai is so fascinating to explore for travellers searching for a "sensory experience", where adventurers can encounter "pushcarts of BBQ, offal, and vegetables; dumpling shops; locals in black tie attire or jeans and T-shirts enjoying noodles and beer side-by-side at 1am," according to Conde Nast Traveler.
Here are the top 10 travel destinations listed on its website:
1) Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
2) Shanghai, China
3) Aarhus, Denmark
5) Big Island, Hawaii
6) Bordeaux, France
7) Telluride, United States
9) Matera, Italy
10) Houston, United States