City Guide, Shanghai
Shanghai is known as being a center of China's commerce and finance and it is
a large tourist destination because of its many historic landmarks as well as its
new, modern architecture. Shanghai is also considered one of the world's fastest
growing economies for a large city.
Surrounded by the East China Sea on the east, Hangzhou Bay on the south and located
on Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai is a city at the west part of the People's Republic
of China (PRC). Living a registered population boom after the resplendent economic
achievements in the last 15 years, the city is the most populous city of PRC. Shanghai
is one of the fundamental commercial, cultural, financial and industrial center
of the country. It is the economic and trade center, a large industrial hub and
the major sea port of China. Over 200 international companies are operating at the
city. After the People's Republic of China opened up its markets to the world in
1980s Shanghai has got the attention of the world through its dramatic economic
accomplishments and the transformation that the cityscape has lived after 1990s.
The city has more skyscrapers than New York. Shanghai is the representative for
the modern China.
Culture and entertainment
Shanghai is the cultural and artistic centre of China. Chinese cinema and theatre
take their roots in Shanghai. The city played a catalyst role for the cultural evolution
of China through cinema. Shanghai's culture is the composition of the Western and
Shanghai Municipal Performance Company, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Ballet
Company, Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Concert Hall and Shanghai
Philharmonic Orchestra are among the main music components of the city.
Shanghai is the pioneer of the Chinese theatre. Shanghai Grand Theatre, Majestic
Theatre, and Dramatic Arts Centre Theatre are among the fundamental theatrical canters
of the city. Kunqu, Yue, Beijing, Xi, Hu, Huai, Yong, and Shao operas are the special
to the Chinese culture dramas staged in the city.
Food and drink
Shanghai has five food streets, lined with Chinese restaurants. Huang He Lu,
Wujiang Lu and Yunnan Lu are located in Huangpu, while Yuyuan Zhi Lu is in Jing
An and the relatively upmarket Zhapu Lu is in Hongkou. Whilst these areas are fantastic
for authentic Shanghainese cuisine, very few of the restaurants will have an English
menu or English-speaking staff.
Nightlife in Shanghai is lively. Xin Tian Di is the hottest new entertainment
district, favored by tourists and residents alike. A shopping, eating and entertainment
area in the former French Concession, the old-meets-new district of Xin Tian Di
is busy every night of the week. The Bund and the streets of Tongren Lu and Hengshan
Lu also bustle with activity.
Shanghai attracts millions of tourists via its shopping world. The city is a
shopper's paradise. Department stores, specialized stores, specialty streets, Shanghai
bookstores, shopping malls, the city markets, art and craft stores all offer innumerable
City Supermarket (food, drink, pharmaceutical...), Nanjing West Road No 580 Ornament
Market, Dondtai Rd Antique Market, Fuyou Antique Market, Yu Garden Bazaar and Lujiabanglu
Komas and Fabric Market are among the significant shopping markets of the city.