- Population: 25 Million
- Area: 6’340.5 km2
- Official Language: Mandarin Chinese
- Local Dialect: Shanghainese
- Phone Code: (+86) 021
- Time zone：(UTC+8)
The vibrant city of Shanghai offers a lot of things to see and do during both day and night. Shanghai’s landmark is the world famous Bund with an amazing view of the fascinating skyline of the economic centre, Pudong. Be astonished at how West meets East as manifested in the booming economic power centre called Shanghai. When the weather is nice, you should definitely climb the Pearl Tower and take the chance to see Shanghai, the Pearl of the Orient, from above. Then, East Nanjing Road and People’s Park in the heart of the city invite you to stroll around and watch Shanghai’s street life. Shanghai also offers you a large variety of exceptional markets, like the Pearl Market, Pet Market, Electronic Market, Fabric Market, and also many different Fake Markets. Shanghai gives the impression, that there is nothing you cannot buy in the city and will make every shopper’s heart jump. Visit the Chinese acrobatic show at the Shanghai Circus World, where graceful contortionists meet crazy motorcycle stunts. Besides the many activity and entertainment possibilities, there are also many islands of tranquility, like the beautiful Yu Garden located very close to East Nanjing Road.
Excursions around Shanghai
To escape the busy life of Shanghai, the cities of Hangzhou, Suzhou, Zhujiajiao and other water towns close-by offer the perfect time out. A walk with a picnic at the world famous Westlake in Hangzhou invites you to hang out and relax. Then, a laid back boat ride through the canals of the water towns give visitors insight into the old China. But if you have a long weekend, then do not miss the amazing Yellow Mountains of China.
When the first sun rays of a new day break through the mist, you will recognize the bizarre forms and the impressive size of this mountain. Chinese people say, “Who has seen the Yellow Mountains, does not need to visit any other mountains anymore”. No wonder these mountains have become a popular UNESCO world heritage among Chinese and foreigners.
In Shanghai you can eat everything you have always been craving! This city has an impressive number and variety of national and international cuisines. You will get the unique chance to enjoy different cuisines of China, Asia and also Western cuisines, all in the same day. On www.smartshanghai.com or www.enjoyshanghai.com you will always find new ideas for restaurants and their best deals, like Monday Burger Day or Sunday Brunch Day.
Chinese people love to go out and therefore, it’s not a surprise that there are plenty of clubs, bars and KTVs in Shanghai. The vibrant nightlife offers a huge variety of entertainment possibilities, so everybody will find their perfect spot. Probably, the most famous and exclusive Club in Shanghai is “Mint”, which was built in the penthouse-style with huge windows overlooking the amazing skyline of the city. One of the most popular bars is definitely “Bar Rouge” situated right on the Bund. From the big terrace you will have a breathtaking view of Shanghai’s economic district Pudong. Of course, there are many more fun places to go, like the entertainment districts Xintiandi, Hengshan Lu and Hongmei Lu.
The transportation system in Shanghai is incredibly convenient and connects every part of the city. The metro is especially remarkable, since all the stations are well signposted in Chinese, Pinyin and English, which makes it very easy for foreigners to get around. Around the clock there are plenty of taxis in Shanghai for a very reasonable price. Shanghai also has two airports, which make the city very convenient to reach from other major cities in the world, as well as an excellent place from which to depart for many major cities in China.
Mandarin is the most widely spoken native language in the world and because of the increasing interest of the Western world, the number of Mandarin speaking people is rising as well. Learning Mandarin will make your work and daily life significantly easier, since only the younger generation speaks English well. Start learning to speak Chinese today, and you will be able to integrate yourself more easily into Chinese society.