Soup dumplings amid skyscrapers in Shanghai
By Sarah LeTrent, CNN
(CNN) -- The Shanghai skyline is a telltale (and tall) sign about where the Chinese city is going -- and where it's been.
With the 128-floor Shanghai Tower, set for completion this year, and the 1,500-foot-tall Oriental Pearl Tower, the city clearly has one foot firmly planted in economic boom.
In the alleys beneath, where street vendors hawk sweet, savory, sour and umami-rich treats, the city is firmly entrenched in centuries-old traditions.