The largest city is China-Shanghai, which lies on the central eastern coast at the beginning of the Yangtze River. With a population of over 20 million, it is the biggest center of finance and commerce in mainland China and the largest cargo port in the world. It is one of the most developed cities in China. Other than its leading role in economic development, it serves as an important center of culture, finance, science, trade, industry, and information in China. It is described as the “Paris of the East”, and one is the one of the busiest hubs of commerce and finance in the Asian Pacific.
The canal that flows through Shanghai meets the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in a region called Huangpu River. It has nurtured the people and the land on both banks for thousands of years. The bank to the west of Hangpu River is called Puxi District, while east of it is Pudong District.
As a newly emerging tourist destination Shanghai is renowned for its historical and cultural relics in its Bund and City God Temple in Puxi District. While the Pudong District presents a different but prosperous and modern view, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (468 meters in height), Jinmao Building (420.5 meters in height), and Shanghai World Financial Center (492 meters in height), makes it one of the grandest skylines in the world. The Shanghai Center (680 meters high) which was completed in 2014 will surely provide a link to the skyline. Today, Shanghai is known as a “showcase” of the fastest growing economy in the world.
Like Hong Kong, Shanghai is a booming melting pot of Eastern and Western culture. It is recorded that since 1992 people from other provinces in China and parts of the world came to Shanghai to live and work with the locals. Together, they enriched the cultural fabric of Shanghai. Additionally, more global enterprises swarm to Shanghai and contributes to the well-known status of the city throughout the world.
Shanghai is great for sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Buildings with Chinese and foreign architectural styles can be found on both sides of the Huangpu River. Cargo ships bustle through the port daily. Shopping malls and small shops stand are side by side. You will never have to worry about finding a restaurant, bar, bookstore, museum, or gallery in Shanghai.
At night Shanghai is a sleepless city with shining neon lights and flashing billboards along the street. People are going in and out of bars, parties, restaurants, and movie theaters throughout the night. One of the most attractive elements of Shanghai is that both Western and Eastern culture coexist in this cosmopolitan. Shanghai is full of surprises and interesting places you to explore and discover.