Shanghai has become the financial and commercial capital of China and is currently number 3 in Asia. This is thanks almost entirely to the fact that the city sits at the mouth of the Yangzi River. The city itself has become almost a city state in the same regards as Hong Kong or Singapore and while used as an example of modern China it is actually a world unto itself.
History: While Shanghai's roots are old, its status as something other than a village does not appear until roughly a millennia ago, when it was turned into a market town. From that point until the reforms of Deng Xiaoping, Shanghai was of high importance to the economy although not so much to the political sphere and this economic importance would dictate most of Shanghai's future under Chinese as well as colonial rule.
Climates: Shanghai weather is mild if not downright cool, though winters tend never to drop below freezing for very long and summers tend to be pleasant affairs however a couple of days every summer will spike into the realms of excess. Both Spring and Autumn tend to be shorter than Summer and winter.
Attractions: Shanghai is for shopping, Shanghai is for spending lots of money, it is not for attractions, you can go to a sight like Trip Advisor and see that most of the top things to see and do are in the financial district and look at your own financial district and put that all in perspective. Come take the kids to Disney World, go shopping, enjoy the night life, but if you are looking for something other than generic financial hub culture give the city a miss.
The number of Non-Chinese: 200,000
Shanghai Pudong International Airport is located in Pudong 30 km east of the city centre.
The Shanghai metro has has 14 lines (not including the Maglev) and 360+ stations.
The ticket price is 3 yuan for 6 km, 1 RMB plus per 10 km for longer than 6 km (the price for line 5 is 1 RMB).
Shanghai has four major railway stations Shanghai Station, Shanghai South Station, Shanghai West Station and Hongqiao Station.
Shanghai has over a thousand bus lines and is the greenest (environmentally) of all Chinese bus fleets. The price range between 1-2 RMB unless you see a conductor, this is an indication that this bus runs on a distance based scheme and you will have to pay accordingly.
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