Shanghai, a municipality under the direct jurisdiction
of the central
government, covers an area of 6,341 square kilometers, of which the city
749 square kilometers. Out of Shanghai's total population of 12.76
million, 7 million live
in the city. The newly opened Economic Development Zone of Pudong, 518
in area, is situated close to the city proper with 1.38 million
inhabitants. Within this
new area is the Free Trade Zone - Waigaoqiao Bonded Area. With 3 billion
U.S. dollars of
government funds pouring into the infrastructure, another 10 billion
U.S. dollars of
investment is being spent on the new city of offices, factories,
parks, a subway, light rail system and a new airport. The money comes
from both Chinese
and foreign investors, who find Pudong a new bonanza.
Shanghai is a famous historical and cultural city in China, an economic
industry, trade and commerce, technology, finance, transportation and
concentrated, making it a cosmopolitan city, a venue for people from
various countries and
regions of the world.
Shanghai is a flourishing city with a good and efficient transportation
network. It is a
melting pot of the cultures of the east and the west. Vested with rich
cultural resources, and equipped with complete tourist amenities, it is a
talented people from the world over like to gather. In addition,
Shanghai also offers a
variety of Chinese cuisine.
Shanghai is also a hub of transportation in China. It is an avenue
through which overseas
visitors can better understand the Chinese society of the past and the
Known as a nightless city, Shanghai at night still has many shops open
for business along
its main streets, under a myriad of blinking neon lights. The scene at
the Bund, China's
famous waterfront park, is even more colorful and charming. At this time
of the night
acrobatics, Peking opera, hotel shows and ballet will be held in
theatres and hotels.
Besides, you can also enjoy yourself by listening to happy and relaxed
jazz music, rural
music, disco and karaoke and others. The Shanghai Hongqiao International
Airport is less
than 10 miles west of the city centre.
- SCENIC PLACES OF INTEREST -
Nanpu Bridge is situated across the Huangpu River, in the southeast of
Shanghai city. It
is the world's second, and Asia's largest and tallest twin-towered,
drawbridge, stretching 8.5 km. The towers have a height of 150 m while
draw-bridge is 846 m long. With a net height of 46 m, 50,000-ton vessels
can easily pass
through under the bridge. During the night, the bridge looks even more
the luminous shower of over 600 lamps. On both sides of the bridge are
four 50 m, fully
computerized sightseeing lifts that add to the convenience of
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It is easy to lose yourself in the narrow, winding alleys of Shanghai's
Old Town. Stroll
through the local bazaar, cross over the pond to Huxinting Teahouse,
then rest in the
Garden of Purple Clouds of Autumn.
Shanghai's -Fifth Avenue- offers China's greatest array of stores,
shops, gift boutiques, and cozy night clubs.
Built in 1559, Yu Garden is one of the famous classical gardens south of
River. It is situated at the ancient City God Temple in Shanghai and
occupies an area of 2
ha. The man made hills towering over one another add to the breathtaking
scenery. Over 40
attractions within the garden are perfectly laid out and arranged.
TEMPLE: 8,000 square metres in area, this temple built
in 1882 is one of
the most famous temples in south China. Named Jade Buddha Temple because
it houses a jade
Buddha statue from Burma.
THE FORMER RESIDENCE OF SOONG CHING LING:
garden building, 4,300 square metres in area, was where Madame Soong
Ching Ling - widow of
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, worked and lived.
RIVER: A cruise on the 110-kilometer-long Huangpu River
in touch with Shanghai's urban buildings, new industrial zones and the
ANCIENT TOWNS IN THE REGION
OF RIVERS AND LAKES: The
Zhujiajiao, Luzhi and Zhoushi towns scattered around Dianshan Lake
present a typical
landscape in the south of the Yangtze River. Simple yet graceful
buildings, rivers winding
through the towns and small bridges in various shapes.