Shanghai On the Road

Shanghai, China
Thanks to its advantageous geographic location, Shanghai has today become an excellent sea and river port, boasting easy accesses to a vast hinterland. It has a delightful climate with four distinct seasons and generous sunshine.

The average annual temperature is 17.6 degrees Celsius and the annual rainfall is 1,302 millimeters. Its total area is 6,340.5 sq.km., of which the Pudong New Area occupies 523 sq.km. Its total population is over 16 million (including the floating population).

With a tremendous success achieved in reform and development, Shanghai has turned itself into an open, fashionable and dynamic metropolis just like Yulan (magnolia, the symbol flower of the city) in bloom.

As an international metropolis, Shanghai is ready to greet hundreds of thousands of guests from afar every day. The municipal government has gradually mapped out three tourism itineraries. The itinerary for city tours, business and shopping is organized around the People's Square and both sides of the Huang Pu River. The itinerary for cultural tours around the city is organized in the public entertainment places and communities. The itinerary for recreation and holiday in the outer suburbs is organized around Mount She , Dian Shan Lake , the deepwater port and the Chong Ming Island .

Shanghai has been famed as “the Oriental Paris” in history. Visitors come to Shanghai with a purpose of appreciating the beautiful urban scenery, as well as shopping in its various kinds of shops and stores. Nanjing Road , the No.1 Commercial Street in China , is a must for all visitors; Huaihai Road , an elegant and cultural commercial street, attracts thousands of young people who search for the latest fashion trends; Sichuan Road , a popular commercial street, is specially favored by the working class. And the Yuyuan Garden shopping and tourist area, Xujiahui Commercial Centre and Zhangyang Road Commercial Centre in Pudong are packed with rows of shops arrayed with large collections of merchandise that are a feast to the eyes and meet the demands of different classes of domestic and foreign visitors.

Shanghai is also a “ Grand View Garden ” for dinners of all tastes. Different styles of cuisine meet and merge here. Such as Beijing , Sichuan , Guangdong , Yangzhou , Fujian , etc. There are also French, Russian, Italian, English, German, Japanese, Indian and other kinds of foreign flavor cuisines, genuine Muslim food and vegetarian food.

“ Better City , Better Life”- the theme of Expo 2010 Shanghai reflects Shanghai 's spirit to strive for innovation and excellence.