Shanghai, also named "Hu" or "Shen" in
short, is situated at 31"14' north latitude and 121"29' east
longitude, and in the middle of China's east coastline. It
occupies a total area of 6,341sq.km. (of which Pudong new Area
occupies 523sq.km.), with a total resident population of
16,000,000. It has a pleasant climate, with four distinct
seasons. The average temperature is around 18oC and the annual
precipitation is 1,240mm.
Shanghai, an open city on the coast and a
famous historical and cultural city, is a gate to the Yangtze
River delta. It is a municipality under the direct jurisdiction
of the Central Government, the largest economic and trade
center, a comprehensive industrial base and the leading port in
Shanghai is well known in the world not only for its prosperous
cosmopolitan feature but also for its rich humanistic resources.
In recent years, a number of modem buildings have been added to
the city, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Museum,
Shanghai Library, Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Grand Theatre,
Shanghai Circus City, Shanghai City-Planning Exhibition Hall and
Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. They have
become new scenic sights in Shanghai. Colorful festivities, like
Shanghai Tourism Festival and Shanghai China International Art
Festival, have attracted an increasing number of tourists from
home and overseas.
Shanghai's tourist infrastructure is
getting more and more accomplished. By the end of 2002, there
were 40 international travel services, 524 domestic travel
services and 300 star-rated hotels with about 50,000 rooms.
Shanghai is an ideal "paradise for shoppers". There are
commercial streets and shopping areas like the famous Nanjing
Road Pedestrian Mall, Huaihai Road, Sichuan Bei Road, Yuyuan
Commercial and Tourist Area, the Ever Bright Commercial City,
Xujiahui Commercial City and Zhangyang Road Commercial City in
Pudong. There, shops stand rows upon rows with large collections
of beautiful commodities, meeting the needs of tourists of
different levels. Shanghai is also the paradise for gourmets.
There are over a thousand restaurants serving the 16 different
styles of food in China, such as the Beijing, Sichuan,
Guangdong, Yangzhou, Fujian, etc. There are Western restaurants
serving French, Russian, Italian, English, German, Japanese and
Indian food and also Muslim and vegetarian food. In Shanghai,
one can have a taste of all the delicacies in the world.
Shanghai is well developed in communications by land, water and
air. There are over 40 Chinese and foreign air companies opening
about 300 air routes dispatching from Shanghai. Shanghai Railway
Station dispatches everyday 80 pairs of trains back and forth
from Shanghai. There are the Shanghai-Nanjing, Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo
Freeways. The Pudong International Airport has opened for
traffic. Its annual passenger transport volume will be
20,000,000 person/times. Plus that of the Hongqiao International
Airport, it will be 30,000,000 person/times. Subways No.1 and 2
and the light-rail first phase project are in operation.
Together with the 10 special tour bus lines connecting Shanghai
with neighbouring tourist areas, they will render faster service
and more convenience in urban communications to tourists.
Recently, the magnetic buoyant train has been opened to the
public. It offers travelers a zero height of flight at 430
On Dec. 3, 2002, Shanghai succeeded in
winning the bid for the sponsorship of World Expo 2010. The
world has given China a share of luck and Shanghai will add more
splendor to the world Shanghai is ushering in excellent
opportunities for development. People of Shanghai warmly welcome
visitors from home and overseas.
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