Shanghai Regional Overview

Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world.It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port.Located in theYangtze River Delta in East China. Shanghai sits on the south edge of the mouth of the Yangtze  in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu  and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.The two Chinese characters in the city's name are 上 (shàng, "above") and 海(hǎi, "sea"), together meaning "Upon-the-Sea". The earliest occurrence of this name dates from the 11th-century, at which time there was already a river confluence anda town with this name in the area.

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund,City God Temple  and Yu Garden  as well as the extensive Liujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the "showpiece"of the booming economy of mainland China.A wide variety of cuisines can be found in the city. Shanghai offers a plethora of culinary delights focusingon the gourmet traditions of Beijing, Yangzhou, Sichuan and Guangzhou, as well as its own local dishes. Shanghai's restaurants are among the finest to be found in China, and they welcome diners from anywhere at any time.Night life in Shanghai is gentle and colorful because life here is much more than life itself. It is elegant.The scenery at night has to be seen and the Bund is a must.

The vernacular language is Shanghainese, a dialect of Wu Chinese; while the official language is Standard Mandarin.The local dialect is mutually unintelligible with Mandarin, and is an inseparable part of the Shanghainese identity. Todays Shanghai is not only the national center of high-tech, trade, finance and information, but also the internationalcenter of cultural and economic exchange.2010 World Exposition was held in Shanghai. Shanghai welcomed all theguests from home and abroad.Shanghai continues to grow and prosper, meeting the aspirations of the 21st century, whilst retaining its proud traditions of service and hospitality.