Shanghai is located on the Yangtze River Delta by the East China Sea and is the busiest container seaport in the world. Shanghai is a massive metropolis and widely accepted as China’s most important economic hub and financial center. Actually, the city only rose to prominence in China after it was forcefully opened as a trading port by Western powers after the Opium Wars of the mid-19th century. Today, Shanghai is one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant megalopolises, attracting business people, travelers, and all those wishing to experience one of China’s most unique destinations.
Places to see:
- The Bund: A famous waterfront on the west bank of Huangpu River, regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. Here the charm of Shanghai as a bustling metropolis combining the century-old history and flourishing future is fully presented, making the Bund Shanghai a must-see attraction
- Nanjing road: The primary shopping street of Shanghai, and it’s certainly one of the busiest.
- Zhujiajiao: A township in the Qingpu district of Shanghai, in the centuries past Zhujiajiao was a trading area due to many canals, which were used to ferry products along in little barges, here are the top things to do in Zhujiajiao Water Town:
- Walk Along Bei Dajie (north street)
- Visit Kezhi Yuan
- Go to a Qing Dynasty post office
- Visit Fangsheng bridge
- Have a Zhujiajiao cruise
- Disneyland Park: A theme park located in Pudong, that is part of the Shanghai Disney Resort. The park is operated by Disney Parks, experiences and products and Shanghai Shendi group, through a joint venture between the Walt Disney company and Shendi.
- Yu Garden: An extensive Chinese garden located beside the city God Temple in the northeast of the old city of Shanghai at Huangpu Qu. It abuts the Yuyuan Tourist Mart, the Huxinting Teahouse and the Yu Garden bazaar.
- Shanghai Museum: A museum of ancient Chinese art, situated on the People’s square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai.
- Oriental Pearl Tower: Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower is located in Pudong Park inLujiazui, Pudong New Area, Shanghai. Surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, it creates a picture of ‘twin dragons playing with pearls’. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.
- Xintiandi: This is an affluent car-free shopping situated in the eating, and entertainment district of Shanghai.
- World Financial Center: An incredibly tall skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai.
- Former French Concession: The Former French Concession Shanghai, totally different from what you have imagined about this modern, crowded and busy metropolis with skyscraper jungles, is quiet and idle with lots of European style villas and buildings from the early 20th century. It is a great place to learn the history and unique beauty of the city and to escape from the bustling city for a while.
Shanghai serves as an important air, rail, road and water transport hub in eastern China. The frequent flights, trains and buses make one’s travel a breeze. The urban transportation is also quite satisfactory. Despite the traffic, the convenient taxis, buses, metro trains etc. Can take you to any corner of the city, and there are two airports in Shanghai (Pudong International Airport & Hongqiao International Airport).
Shanghai metro adopts a ‘one-ticket transfer’ system. You can take a single subway line or transfer to other lines at some major transfer stations such as People’s Square, South Railway Station, Indoor Stadium, Xinzhuang, Zhongshan Park, Century Avenue and South Xizang Rd. A through ticket can be bought at your starting station. The charge is proportional to mileage with a ceiling price of CNY 9. A subway trip between two stations in downtown usually costs no more than CNY 6.
Shanghai weather is generally mild and moist, with four distinctive seasons. A pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn, and an overcast cold winter. The weather of Shanghai in July and August is the hottest, with more than 10 days’ high temperatures above 35 C (95 F). The coldest period is from late January to early February. The location at the estuary of theYangtze Riverto the East China Sea makes the city so wet that it rains for about one third of the year.
Shanghai’s restaurants are among the finest in the country, offering quality food and superior service. The city has a plethora of food delights focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangzhou and of course the local Benbang dishes. If visitors are homesick for Western food, this is also available in the downtown area. If you are Muslim, don’t be afraid about the food because there are also halal foods.
Known as the ‘Oriental Paris’, Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise. There are various bustling commercial streets and shopping centers waiting for the shopaholic. One of the musts for visitors is the Nanjing Road. Huaihai Road, which has modern and fashionable tastes, while North Sichuan Road meets the demands of ordinary folk. Xujiahui Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City and Sleepless City are also thriving and popular destinations.
Shanghai is fascinating for night owls. The Bund is an absolute must for visitors. The rippling Huangpu River, characteristic buildings on the west bank and extraordinarily futuristic skyscrapers on the east bank all become more enchanting adorned in sparkling colored lights at night. A night cruise on the Huangpu River is highly recommended. For art lovers, the Grand Theater and Oriental Art Center will delight a visitor’s taste. For those seeking relaxation, the ideal choice should be Hengshan Road and Xin Tian Di which are thronged with a variety of nightclubs, discos and bars.
Estimated cost of living per month:
It all depends on your lifestyle. If you are a frugal person you don’t have to spend a lot of money per month, but if you are a person who is not economical, maybe your monthly living costs can be the same as the estimates above or maybe more than that. Maybe your cost of living will be higher but that is reflected in the salary packages.