Shanghai is the commercial capital of China. It is located strategically in central coastal China. The port of this city is one of the busiest in the world. Shanghai feature is mostly flat and low, it might the reason it is named “Shanghai” literally means "on the sea" in Chinese. Shanghai population is around 24,000,00 people which the second most populous city in China. This city has central China climate which has short time but colder winter. Shanghai's climate is typically like central China climate. Winters in central China feel colder than they look on the thermometer but it will seldom see snow. Fortunately, winters are short, starting in January in fullest and usually finishing up by the end of March. Summers are long, hot and humid, lasting from April through September to October. It can rain at all times of the year but mid summer in July and autumn in late September through early November in are the driest. Autumn is probably your best bet in Shanghai. Not like Japan or Korea, spring can be difficult with an occasional long winter or early wet season, although mid April through mid May are usually very nice. It is not yet terribly hot, flowers are blooming and the trees are starting to leaf out, so there is an air of freshness. However, autumn usually sees clearer skies, still warm temperatures without the overbearing humidity.
1. International metropolis and high tourist cityShanghai used to be a village that grown into market town during the Song Dynasty, Shanghai has been developed larger. Being an important seaport in the Yangtze Delta region since the Qing Dynasty, the city was then hit by the British forces during the First Opium War for being opened to international trade after the Treaty of Nanking. This is at this period of time when Shanghai started its journey with international and foreign influences. The establishment of foreign concessions such as British, American and French had a huge impact on the building and architecture of the city. For examples, the French Concession now is still a popular scenic spot. This city is home for many foreign countries coming from all continents to live and work, It is really a multicultural and cosmopolitan population of new come “Shanghailanders” along with the local Shanghainese today. In 2016, Shanghai crowned as the most attractive city for expats for the fourth time in six years by International Talent Magazine. Shanghai was home to more than 170,000 expats as of 2015. Shanghai started its expansion in the 19th century for its high economic and trade potential due to its favorable port location. This city is mentioned as China’s most famous city in the world. Often referred as the “Pearl of China” due to its world of luxury, shopping and all kinds of foods that can be compared in same level with New York, London or Hong Kong as the city of fashion, commerce, culture, and highly ranked for its educational system. No wonder Shanghai, become undertook a rapid growth in the last two decades for becoming today a leading city and tourist destination.
2. Shanghai is the world's largest cityChina generally is known for its crowds, and Shanghai can be said as the best example of this. With number of proper population about 24,000,000 million people in and it is actually continually rising. Shanghai become the tops the list of world cities by population within an administrative area, and comes third in the world in terms of commuter zone population as well. Shanghai government developed well transportation metro service is to cover its many districts and keep this thriving city running each day. The Chinese government set out to make Shanghai the New York of Asia, they certainly took the motto of "city that never sleeps" to heart.
3. A Sleepless City As mentioned before, Shanghai is the sleepless city. Shanghai full of color nightlife, which is one of Shanghai interesting facts that tourist well aware of it. When night comes, all lights shine brightly from any direction. For examples in a Huangpu River Cruise will bring tourist to enjoy the charm of night scenes on both sides. Mostly tourist prefer to spend a free time after dark along Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, where they may have a big bargain for small products, or enjoy some snacks and street food. There is also Xintiandi is a great place for its distinctive building, most of which are used as themed restaurants, art galleries, fashion shops, café shops or bars. Moreover, Hengshan Road lots of bars can be one of the most crowded places there at night.
Shanghai Tourist Spots
1. Yuyuan GardenYuyuan Garden or Yu Garden of Shanghai is a old gardens in southern area of the Yangtze River built in 1,559 in Ming Dynasty with a history of more than 400 years. It was actually a private garden of Pan family which invite the famous designer to build it for his parents. Yu words means pleasing and peace in Chinese just like what you will when you see the garden. Opened up to the public in 1,961, Yuyuan Garden was included in the important heritage sites under state protection in 1,982. Many of important person all over the world had pay visit to be the witness of the beauty and clam garden. There are many things that you can see in this garden, for examples the famous one the Zigzag Bridge and Mid lake Pavilion, calligraphy and paintings of famous artists, hundreds of clay sculptures, brick carvings, horizontal inscribed boards, inscriptions and couplets of past dynasties. This garden has a long history to hold various exhibitions of flowers, calligraphies, paintings, bizarre stones, and other recreations like ascending during the Double-nine festival, lantern show during the Lantern Festival, tea ceremonies, etc.
2. Jade Buddha TempleJade Buddha Temple is located in the downtown area. Originally built in 1882 of Qing Dynasty it is a temple to enshrine two jade Buddha statues which were brought from Burma by monk from Mount Putuo in Zhejiang Province, Hui Gen. Jade Buddha Temple is a main temple in Shanghai that always full of disciples activities every day. It especially on the 1st and 15th day of every lunar month as well as all the traditional Buddhism festivals. Jade Buddha Temple is famous for its two jade Buddha statues, both of which are preciously carved from the whole sparkling and crystal-clear white jades, making the statues the beauty of sanctity. The temple has an old layout and architectural style of Song Dynasty makes the temple unique and inimitable with neat and strict composition, ingenious structure and splendid appearance. This temple really worthy to have your time to visit the magnificent.
3. Zhouzhuang and Tongli Water TownsShanghai has several water town around. However, there are two of them that crowned as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are Zhouzuang water town and Tongli Water town. Zhouzhuang, the “No.1 Water Town in China” a typical watery town that has a history of over 900-year in Wu Culture, unique architectural tradition and unspoiled folk custom, etc. it has lakes on its four sides. The beauty of this water town can be enjoyed along the waterside lanes and around a number of the stone bridges. While Tongli is "Oriental Venice" with 1,000 years long history by Song Dynasty which connected through 49 ancient bridges. It has varied shaped old stone bridges and bountiful rivers, while all of which, made it a decent, quiet and picturesque watery town. Make sure you have this water town in your visit list in Shanghai. You have never come to Shanghai if you have never see this water town.