Shanghai, often referred to as the Paris of the East, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. It is a mixture of Western and Chinese cultures. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed Shanghai’s culture, making a visitor’s stay truly memorable. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China.
It is China’s second largest city (after Chongqing) with a population of over 17 million. Dynamic and innovative, Shanghai is helping to drive China’s developing economy. It also aims to lead the country in transforming the economic growth mode, enhancing innovative ability, pushing forward the reform and opening, and building a socialist harmonious society.By 2020, shanghai will be built into an international financial and shipping center.