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City Hopper: Shanghai, China

December 11, 2013

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Time for another visit to China so I thought a blog about Shanghai was in order. Shanghai is the largest city in China by population (over 23 million people) and the largest city proper in the world. It is a major financial city and the world’s busiest container port. Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.

Shanghai World Financial Center (left) and Jin Mao Tower (right)

Shanghai World Financial Center (left) and Jin Mao Tower (right)

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 Lujiazui 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. [Source: Wikipedia]

Shanghai's City God Temple

Shanghai’s City God Temple

Shanghai is also a major cultural city and because of that there are many places and things to do here. If you love to go to museums there are no lack of them here especially if you’re interested in China’s history. There’s the Shanghai Museum of Art and History as well as the Shanghai Natural History Museum and the Rockbund Art Museum.

Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

There are also many cinemas as well as art schools in Shanghai that have daily performances as well as teach the traditional Chinese arts. If you are into fashion Shanghai now has it’s own fashion week appropriately called ‘Shanghai Fashion Week’ which happens twice a year in October and April.

Shanghai Fashion Week happens twice a year in October and April.

Shanghai Fashion Week happens twice a year in October and April.

Sports are a major attraction in Shanghai with several professional soccer teams as well as basketball and ice hockey teams. In 2004, Shanghai started hosting the Shanghai Grand Prix and have also hosted several tennis tournaments.

The Shanghai Maglev Train

The Shanghai Maglev Train

As far as other things to do in Shanghai most visitors will start at the airport and will love the 8 minute trip from the airport to the city on the Maglev train. The Maglev is a magnetic levitation train that is suspended with no support other than the use of magnetic fields to counter the force of gravity. The train was build specifically for tourists and does not service locals but it reaches speeds of 430 km per hour (267 miles per hour) which makes the trip exciting and quick.

Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China

Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China

Shanghai’s Pudong Airport  airport serves an average of 40.5 million passengers per year (as of 2010). It is the third busiest airport in mainland China and the 20th busiest in the world, however, it is also the busiest international hub in mainland China.

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Dongtai Road, Shanghai, China

For those of you who love to find treasures you should visit Dongtai Road where there are plenty of mom and pop shops to find unique presents. You can also purchase plants and animals as well.

If you would like to read my other China blogs click on the links below:

Regional Adventures: Macao, China (7 December, 2013)

City Hopper: Macao, China (27 February, 2013)

Culinary Experiences: Hong Kong – Dim Sum (24 February, 2013)

City Hopper: Hong Kong, China (21 February, 2013)

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