Shanghai is a municipality under the direct jurisdiction of the central government. It is the city of extreme contrasts that reflect not only in its architecture or landscape, but also in its social and cultural milieu. Shanghai is an ideal "shopping paradise"; Nanjing Road, known as "China''s No.1 Street", and Huaihai Road are packed with rows of shops arrayed with large collections of merchandise that are a feast to the eyes. It is also a paradise for gourmets. There are over a thousand restaurants serving the famous 16 styles of Chinese food. There are also French, Italian, Japanese, Indian and other kinds of foreign flavored cuisine.
Undoubtedly, a visit to Shanghai is a must if you want to take home a slice of great Chinese culture and way of life.
The Bund Located near the confluence of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek, the Bund is famous for the multitude of colonial styles of architectures lining the street along the Huangpu River. The 52 buildings in the Bund represent different architectural styles, such as Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Renaissance, British, French and East Indian. Though they differ from each other, all these buildings achieve a harmonic outline when viewed as a whole. After Shanghai was liberated in 1949, the Bund continued to take on new looks, thanks to the efforts of the government.
Nanjing Road Flanked on both sides by famed shopping centers, department stores, specialty stores, exotic restaurants and cultural and recreational facilities, the 5.5-km-long Nanjing Road is the most sophisticated shopping and tourist complex in Shanghai. Every day around 1.5 million visitors throng it. It begins at the Bund and extends westward to Jing An Temple. Nanjing Road is divided into two sections by Xizang Zhong Road: the east, Nanjing Dong Lu, and the west, Nanjing Xi Lu.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower A new landmark of Shanghai, which faces the Bund across the Huangpu River at Lujiazui. With a height of 468 meters, it is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third highest in the world.
Shanghai, Hu for short, is situated on the estuary of Yangtze River of China. It is the largest industrial city in China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometers (2,239 square miles), Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million, including 2 million floating population.
Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village and in time its gradual development led to it being granted County status on August 19th, 1291 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Hence this day became the anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. Today''s Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour.
Serving as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, the important seaport and China''s largest commercial and financial center, shanghai draws the attention of the whole world.
Modern Shanghai has three key areas of interest to the visitor. These comprise Sightseeing, Business and Shopping centered upon People''s Square and along the Huangpu River. The city''s Cultural Center with its public activities and community facilities and finally the main Entertainment and Holiday Tourism area is located at Mt. Sheshan, Chongming Island, Dingshan Lake and Shenshuigang Area.
Known as "the Oriental Paris", Shanghai is a shopper''s paradise. One of the musts for tourists is Nanjing Road. Huaihai Road intrigues those with modern and fashionable tastes, while Sichuan North Road meets the demands of ordinary folk. In addition, Xujiahui Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City, Jiali Sleepless City are thriving and popular destinations for those who are seeking to buy something special as a memento of their visit.
A wide variety of cuisines can be found in the City and today Shanghai offers a plethora of culinary delights focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Yangzhou, Sichuan, Guangzhou as well as its own local dishes. Shanghai''s restaurants are among the finest to be found in China and they welcome diners from anywhere at any time.
Shanghai continues to grow and prosper meeting the aspirations of the 21st century while retaining its proud traditions of service and hospitality. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Mansion and Pudong International Airport are the modern symbols of an international metropolis while the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Center are evidence of the extensive and deep passion of a great city that extends a warm welcome to friends from all over the world.
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