Shanghai Facts

 English Name: Shanghai
 Chinese Name: 上海 (shàng hǎi)
Administration Type: Municipality
Area: 7,037 sq km (2,717 sq mi)
Resident Population: 23,019,148
Area Code & Zip Code:
Area Code: 021;
Postal Code: 200000 - 202100

 Geography: Yangtze River Delta, Southeast China (31° 14' N, 121° 29' E)
 City Layout: Administrative Divisions, Area Distribution
Events in 2019: Festivals, Performances, Competitions, Exhibitions, Conventions
Airports: Pudong International Airport; Hongqiao International Airport
Railway Stations: Shanghai Railway Station, South Railway Station, Hongqiao Railway Station

 General Introduction:

Pudong, Shanghai
Pudong Area
As the largest city in China and an economic, commercial and financial center, Shanghai is vital to the country's future. No other city in the country is more vibrant and fascinating or has such a unique colonial past.

Shanghai, literally 'Above the Sea', is a port city on the Huangpu River, where the Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea. Originally a fishing and textiles town, the city gained its identity after it was opened to foreign powers by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The British, French, Americans, Germans, and Russians moved in, setting up their distinct Western-style banks, trading houses, and mansions, leaving a permanent architectural legacy. The city flourished as a cosmopolitan and thriving commercial and financial center, dubbed the "Pairs of the East" in 1920s and 1930s. In spite of being the cradle of Chinese Communism, the city was neglected during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1990, it was chosen to spearhead modern China's reform and opening up, which resulted in intense development. In addition, the city has often been the inspiration for novels, films and cocktails. It is probably the most evocative city for an outsider to visit all of the country. Beijing may be more mysterious, but Shanghai offers half-understood, semi-mythical images.

Nanjing Road, Shanghai
Nanjing Road
Shanghai is always a fun to visit. The commerce river -  Huangpu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, is lined up with a gallery of different architectures, known as the Bund, beckoning to curious visitors and smart locals alike. Although erected during different periods in varying styles such as Gothic, Romanesque or Baroque, those fifty-two buildings stand together in perfect harmony. When night falls, the two most famous - Bank of China Building and the Peace Hotel - are bathed in lavender lighting, and are the most telling witness to the past century of the Bund. Mansions, garden estates, clubs and cathedrals built by Westerners a century ago are scattered throughout the city. There is even a synagogue, built during the days of an unprecedented Jewish immigration here. Traditional treasures, though not so many as in Beijing, turns up on a walk through the chaotic old city: a teahouse, active temples, ancient pagodas and  quintessential southern-Chinese classic gardens such as the Yuyuan Garden. Across the Huangpu River from the original settlement of Puxi is the city's future, the Pudong New Area. Its modern and ever-expanding skyline includes the emblematic Orient Pearl Tower, the highest observation decks in Asia, the soaring modern art-deco Jin Mao Tower and the 101-floor World Financial Centre featuring the Park Hyatt hotel, the tallest hotel in the world.

In 2004, it hosted the inaugural A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and later that year Time magazine called Shanghai the 'world's most happening city.' In October 2007 the city hosted the first Special Olympic Games ever held in Asia. The city's centre-stage status continues, in 2010, when it hosts World Expo.

Easily China's richest city and the leading trendsetter in fashion, design and the arts, Shanghai is the best city in the country for dining and shopping. Locals of the city, considered frank, efficient, and progressive, are creating the country's most outward-looking, and modern metropolis, replete with legions of futuristic skyscrapers, glitzy restaurants, bars, hotels, brand awareness and shopping savvy, competing with rival Asia cities such as Hong Kong, and Singapore.

 Further Reading: Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai

 Recommended Tours

Suzhou Classical Gardens: 5 Days of Shanghai, Suzhou, Zhouzhuang
Ancient Water Towns: 4 Days Shanghai, Water Town
Best of China: 9 Days Small Group of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
More Shanghai Tours

- Last modified on Jan. 13, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Facts
Asked by maggie from TAIWAN | Jan. 11, 2019 15:24Reply
if i am travelling to Shanghai during the Chinese New Year
will most shops be closed and will the city still be good for first time travelers?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ann from DENMARK | Jan. 13, 2019 22:31

Hi Maggie, yes, most shops will be closed during the Chinese New Year. It may bring some inconvenience for first time travelers. Thus you may change your travel plan.
Asked by Damini from INDIA | Jul. 31, 2017 06:48Reply
Where Can I find bingee jumping or paragliding in Shanghai?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kris from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 31, 2017 21:17

You are suggested to a Flyingheart in Shenlong ecological garden in Zhuqiao Rd, Qingcun County, Fengxian Disrtrict to enjoy paragliding.

There are no bingee jumping places in the city now, but you can go to the area nearby, such as Wenzhou Amusement Park, Hangzhou Paradise in Zhejiang. By the way, a hotel in downtown SH will provide bingee jumping project when it's finished in the end of 2017.
Asked by Craig from USA | Oct. 12, 2015 09:37Reply
Good English Translator in Shanghai
How much does a good translator cost? Where is the best place to find at a reasonable price? I will be there in December for 10 days and have flexibility as to which days, half days, evenings, etc.
Thank you,
Craig from California
Answers (1)
Answered by Monica from CANADA | Oct. 13, 2015 04:02

As I know, a good translator/guide charges CNY400-600 each day. If you will stay in a hotel, try to ask your hotel to arrange one for you. Alternatively, I suggest you post ur requirements on Community of Travel China Guide. Many guides and translators are active there. Good luck!
Asked by Eva Møller from NORWAY | Mar. 10, 2015 14:53Reply
Local currency? Will smaller amounts of Euro, US dollar and UK pound be accepted in Shanghai?
Eva Møller
Answers (1)
Answered by James from CANADA | Mar. 11, 2015 02:27

No, it is not. For your convenience, you are suggested to exchange to Chinese RMB.
Asked by Wendy Whiteman from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 20, 2014 22:41Reply
Are there any of the early Shanghai buildings left and where are they?
Answers (1)
Answered by Joseph from UGANDA | Dec. 21, 2014 00:13

Go to Xintiandi and the Bund to see the early buildings.
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