THE QUEEN OF THE ORIENT!
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.
Pudong is Shanghai's main international airport, 40 km (25 mi) to the east of the city. Depending on your final destination, it may be quickest to use the Maglev train (7.5 minutes to Longyang Rd station, then 20 minutes to People's Square by Metro). Shanghai has an efficient public transport system. The metro covers the whole city and there are about 1,000 different bus routes.
Unlike most cities in China, Shanghai amazes its visitors with its rich choice of accommodation. Puxi, the old part of Shanghai, boasts both classic and modern five-star luxurious and high quality hotels. Pudong, on the east bank of the Huangpu River, also offers a rich choice of accommodation.
Although Shanghai is not as wealthy as Beijing in terms of the historical sites, however, the cityscape of the city is dotted by the skyscrapers most of which was built after 1990s. With its this facet, Shanghai outshines New York. Temples, gardens and the high-rise buildings representing the new face of Shanghai are fascinating. The New Bund stretching along Huangpu River which divides the city into two parts is a thoroughfare of kilometers long. Residing as one of the best reflections of the modern Shanghai, genuine Chinese and Western architecture forms are lined up along this main street. Jin Mao Tower, Orient Pearl Broadcasting and Television Tower are the two best examples of the city's skyscrapers. While Jin Mao Tower has 88 stories above and 3 stories under the ground the Oriental Pearl Tower stands as the highest TV tower in Asia. Jade Buddha Temple placed at Jing'an is one of the active temples of Shanghai built in 1882. Inside the temple, 1.9 meter-high and 3.4 meter-wide jade statue including Sakyamuni who is the founder of Buddhism is found. Shanghai Museum harboring about 120.000 valuable pieces has a rich collection reflecting the history of China. Shanghai Art Museum has a collection of modern works, Chinese traditional arts and pop art. Fuxing Park, Yuyuan Garden and People's Square are the main open space areas of the city. Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town located in the south of Yangtze River is a little tranquil town. This antiquate location is one of the ideal places for the ones looking for comfort and leisure.
In addition to its urban scenery, Shanghai attracts millions of tourists via its shopping world. The city is a shopper's paradise. Department stores, specialized stores, speciality streets, Shanghai bookstores, shopping malls, the city markets, art and craft stores all offer innumerable shopping experiences. 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. Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, Sichuan Road, Zhangyang Lu and Fuzhou Road are the main shopping streets of Shanghai.
Shanghai is the cultural and artistic center of China. Chinese cinema and theater 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 Asian motives. 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 theater. Shanghai Grand Theater, Majestic Theater, and Dramatic Arts Center Theater are among the fundamental theatrical centers 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. The Chinese literature was born in Shanghai. Lu Xun (1881-1936) is the founder of the modern Chinese literature. The museum at Shangying Lu is honored to the writer. Honkou Park is home to his tomb. Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Lantern Festival, Shanghai Tea Culture Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Shanghai Beer Festival, Shanghai Tourism Festival and Annual International Arts Festival are several examples from the myriad celebrations held in the city. Badminton, cycling, tennis, swimming, golf, angling, shooting, natatorium, skating, billiard, bowling are the examples of the entertainment options offered by the city. Especially, Huangpu River Cruise accompanied by the gorgeous views from the city is something that you should definitely experience. In addition to trendy cinemas and magnificent theaters, the city is filled with dance halls, nightclubs, bars and discos. The neon lights and laser lights illuminating the sky of the city enlivens the nightlife experienced at the city.