Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, Shanghai serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. Also it is a popular tourist destination which is ideal for visitors to feel the impulse of the modern development of China.
Beside the modernization, the multi-cultural feature endows Shanghai with unique glamour. Here one can find the perfect blend of cultures, including the modern and the traditional as well as the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen lanes together draw the skyline of Shanghai. Western customs and Chinese traditions jointly form the interesting Shanghai culture, which make your stay in the city truly memorable.
Shanghai's restaurants are among the finest in China, offering quality food and superior service. A wide variety of foods can be found in the city and today Shanghai offers a plethora of culinary delights focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangzhou and of course the local Benbang dishes. Food of authentic western style is quite available especially in the downtown area.
Known as the 'Oriental Paris', Shanghai is a shopper's paradise. There are various bustling commercial streets and shopping centers waiting for you. One of the musts for tourists is the Nanjing Road. Huaihai Road intrigues those with modern and fashionable tastes, while North Sichuan Road meets the demands of ordinary folk. In addition, Xujiahui Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City, and Jiali Sleepless City are thriving and popular destinations for those who are seeking to buy something special as a memento of their visit.
Shanghai is a fascinating city for the owls. The night piece at the Bund is a must for visitors. The rippling Huangpu River, characteristic buildings on the west bank, and extraordinarily modern skyscrapers on the east bank all becomes more enchanting with the decoration of sparkling colored lights at night. A night cruise on the Huangpu River is highly recommended. For the art lovers, Shanghai Grand Theater, Oriental Art Center and many other performance venues will delight the nightlife. For those seeking relaxation, the ideal choice should be Hengshan Road and Xin Tian Di which are thronged with a variety of nightclubs, discos, bars, coffee houses and teashops.