China’s largest city in terms of population, Shanghai is also the largest city in the world. A global financial center, Shanghai is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the People's Republic of China and is also a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. The city is bordered by Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west and by the East China Sea to its east. Spreading on an area of 6,350.5 km2 of land, the city is home to 24,256,800 people. Due to the city’s favorable location in in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, the city has been serving as important shipping, administrative and trading center for many centuries. A popular tourist destination, the city has numerous museums and historical landmarks that invite people from all over the world. Most of the people residing in Shanghai speak Wu Chinese in spite of Mandarin being the official language. English is also understood and spoken wisely. Pearl of the Orient and Paris of the East are some of the nicknames that are used to describe Shanghai.
Tourists flying to Shanghai land at the Shanghai Pudong international Airport that serves the city of Shanghai and is a primary international airport and hub for Asia. It is located 30 km from the city and serves as base for 87 airlines that connect the airport to more than 194 destinations around the world. Experience a humid subtropical climate, Shanghai has 4 distinct seasons. Winters last from December to February and are generally cold and damp. Summers are hot and humid and the city is prone to typhoons during this season. While autumn season is sunny and dry, spring season is accompanied by light rains. The best time to visit the city is during the autumn and spring season. Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival held in October and April, Shanghai Osmanthus Festival in September and Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair in April are some of the major festival held here.
Be it museum hopping, a visit to the old part of town or spending the day lazily at the various park in the city, there is a lot of things to see and do in Shanghai. 1.5-kilometer-long Boulevard on the western bank of the Huangpu River, the Bund is the prime attraction of Shanghai and the view of the Huangpu River from here is truly mesmerizing. Considered to be the best garden in South each China, Yuyuan Garden is another major tourist spot famous for its historical connection. When in Shanghai, do not miss visiting Oriental Pearl TV tower, which is the highest tower in Asia and the third highest in the world. Your trip to Shanghai in incomplete without a visit to the Jade Buddha Monastery which one of the most famous Buddha religious temples in Shanghai and has many attractions located within its premise.
The World Financial Center is a unique attraction that consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the lower floors. The downtown delight can be best experienced at Xintiandi which is famous for the many historical and cultural legacies of Shanghai. Nanjing Road, French Concession, Zhujiajiao and Chenghuang temple are some of the other places of interests in Shanghai. City God Temple, China Art Museum and Shanghai Museum too are some of the must see places on your trip to Shanghai.
Eating and Shopping
Most of the people living in Shanghai eat the Shanghai or Hu cuisine which is a popular style of Chinese food. The quality of raw materials used and keeping the original flavors intact are of paramount important when a meal is cooked in Shanghai. Fish, crab, pork and chicken are the most commonly used meat in the cuisine. The city is filled with fine dining eating places, Michelin star restaurants and numerous hotels, but the lip smacking food served on the streets of Shanghai is beyond compare. Steamed Crab, Cheese Butter Lobstesr Smoked Fish Slices, Beggar;s Chicken, Roast Duck, Pepper Duck, , Yangchun Noodles, Vegetarian Dongpo Meat, Nanxiang Steamed Buns, Soup Buns, Fried Mantou, Pigeon-Egg Dumplings, Crab-Brown Baked Cake Chicken and Duck Blood Soup are some of the delicacies which you cannot miss in Shanghai.
Shanghai is a heaven for those who love shopping as there are numerous malls, departmental stores and street stalls suiting the pocket of every traveller. Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, Sichuan road, Xujiahui commercial district, Yu Gardens Bazaar, Kerry Ever Bright City, Fuzhou Road and Shnaghai Book Town are the major shopping streets in Shnaghai. Dongtai Road Antique Market is famous for its genuine antiques, mementoes and interesting memorabilia. Shanghai Silk, Shanghai textiles, fashion accessories, arts, pearls, bone china and porcelains home accents along with electronic are some of the many items that are available at good price in Shanghai. When shopping from the pedestrian shops, bargaining is must.
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