Shanghai belongs to the largest cities in China and around the world. With a population of round about 15 million in the inner city, the megapolis is not only heavily populated, but also heavy in sightseeing possibilities.
Due to its explosive development since the 1980s, Shanghai on the Yangtze estuary is the city with the strongest economy in China and a major hub of commerce, education and research. Some of China’s top museums and libraries are located there. Historic buildings and sites of cultural interest provide insights into the old port city’s colourful past, increasing the attractiveness of this proud metropolis.
Among the most important landmarks of the city are the Bund (a colonial-style waterfront area on the Huangpu River), Nanshi (Shanghai’s old town with magnificent gardens and tea houses), the French Concession, the Pudong business district with the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the Shanghai Tower, second-tallest building in the world. Outside Shanghai are the idyl-lic ancient water village of Wuzhen and the Grand Canal, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Points of Interest
- The Bund – the promenade along the Huangpu-River
- Jing´an – historic and glamorous quarter in the center of Shanghai
- Luwan – Shanghai’s famous old French concession
- Nanshi – the old town of Shanghai with parks, museums and the Yu-Yuan quarter
- Jinmao-Tower – a skyscraper with an observation platform on the 88th floor
- Pudong – the modern Shanghai with its skyscrapers and the famous Oriental Pearl Tower