Shanghai, literally known as "a port on the sea", is one of the world's largest seaports and China's major industrial and commercial center. With its deepening economic reform, this city, formerly crowned as the financial, economic and trade hub of the Far East, is playing a leading role in boosting economic development in the Yangtze River valley. Meanwhile, Shanghai has attracted millions of Chinese and overseas tourists with its unique charm. As an international metropolis, Shanghai provides direct flights to over 30 cities in the world, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Brussels, Frankfurt, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney.
Known to the world as the Oriental Pearl, Shanghai is China's major eastern gate to the outside world. As early as in the Tang and Song dynasties, Shanghai functioned as a foreign trade port in East China and had mercantile ties with Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. During the reigns of Emperor Qianlong (1376-1796A.D.) and Emperor Jiaqing (1796-1821A.D.) of the Qing Dynasty, Shanghai turned into a navigation hub and metropolis in southeast China, which attracted numerous merchants and countless ships to the Huangpu River. What a spectacle of prosperity during that period! In the 1950s, Shanghai replaced Guangzhou as China's foreign trade center and has report has developed into China's important center of economy, finance, trade, science and technology, information and culture.
Yu Garden (or Yuyuan Garden), which was originally the private garden of a Sichuan governor in the Ming Dynasty. Situated in the Shanghai old town district, Yu Garden covers an area of 4.7 hectare>>more
The Jade Buddha Temple (Yufosi) of Shanghai is an active one, with 70 resident monks at last count. It was built from 1911–1918; the exterior is readily identifiable by the bright saffron walls...>>more
The Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. The museum was first established in 1952, and in 1992 it acquired a new site on the downtown People's Square.
Zhujia Jiao Water Town is extolled as the Shanghai's Venice, located in a suburb of Shanghai City, this ancient water town is well-known all over the country, with a history of over 1700 years... >>more
Nanjing Road (Nanjing Lu) is China's most important shopping street and popular Shanghai tourist attraction. Located in the city center, it consists of East-Nanjing Road and West-Nanjing Road... >>more
The Oriental Pearl Tower is the symbol of Shanghai, just like the Statue of Liberty in New York, Sydney Opera House in Sydney and Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Oriental Pearl Tower is a TV tower...>>more
One of the noted historic and cultural cities in China, Shanghai has over 70 sites of historical interest and cultural relics under the protection of the state and the municipal governments, which best represent the distinctive characteristics of Shanghai regional culture. Some best well-known such as the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Zhujiajiao Water Town, and City God Temple etc. Meanwhile, Shanghai is a cherished paradise for gourmets, who may find themselves frequenting the many thousands of restaurants that serve a complete list of China's major well-known cuisines, such as Shandong, Sichuan, Cantonese, Yangzhou, Fujian traditions, to name just a few. In addition, one may easily find his way to those competing foreign food restaurants featuring French, Russian, Italian, British, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Indian cuisines. On top of that, authentic Muslim and vegetarian foods may vey well satisfy the palate of those religious enthusiasts and interested individuals. Known as the "Exhibition of the World's Architecture", Shanghai has a complete collection of buildings with different architectural styles along the Bund and elsewhere in the city. The Jinmao Financial and Trade Building, the International Convention Center and the Oriental Pearl Television Tower in Pudong, flanked by the magnificent Nanpu and Yangpu bridges, which are connected by the city's elevated inner beltway, the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center standing on the People's Square – all these bring the city of Shanghai a brand-new look. Shanghai is also a famous tourist destination that boasts quite a few tourist attractions and holiday resorts, including the Shiku Men buildings in the Shanghai old town, Sheshan State Holiday Resort, Dianshan Lake Scenic Area, the Sun Island Holiday Resort, the World Garden, the Dreamland and the Wildlife Zoo. Every year Shanghai hosts a variety of tourist festivals, such as the New Year's Greeting Bell-Toll at the Longhua Temple on the eve of the Chinese New Year, the Longhua Temple Fair, the Peach Blossom Festival in Nanhui County and the International Tea Culture Festival in spring, Shanghai Haungpu Tourist Festival in autumn and Shanghai Sweet Osmanthus Festival. These fascinating festivals with distinctive Shanghai regional culture attract numerous participating tourists from both home and abroad. Shanghai culture is the result of combining the cultures of the south and the north and melting the culture of cultures of the east and the west. The sea admits hundreds of rivers for its capacity to hold. Shanghai's great tolerance originates from its history of sufficient opening-up. The rapid rise of Shanghai owes so much to its reform and opening to the outside world. In its historical development, Shanghai became a small town in the Song Dynasty, a county in the Yuan Dynasty, a walled city in the Ming Dynasty. Shanghai is by no means a shining star among the numerous bright stars of China's famous ancient cities, comparable with no distant cities like Xi'an, Kaifeng and Luoyang, nor with the near cities like Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Shanghai accelerated its development at an unusual speed after it was open to the outside world. Shanghai has started a new round of rapid development since the early 1990s. the city is changing and taking on a new look with each passing day, pressing ahead along the road of building itself into a modernized international metropolis, with remarkable achievements recognized by the whole world. "Visit Xi'an and you'll know China's history of 2,000 years; visit Beijing and you'll know China's history of 500 years." Shanghai has become the symbol of modern Chinese cities. Shanghai people are not only bright, but also smart and above all, wise people with broad vision and great courage. Today's Shanghai people speak not only Shanghai dialect, but also Mandarin, and international languages, possessing the quality of world citizens. Shanghai of the 21st century will inevitably assume the role of an international economic, financial and trade center. The world focuses its attention on China and, in particular, on Shanghai. One of the most promising cities on the planet of the Earth, Shanghai cordially welcomes friends from all over the world.