Shanghai, an open city on the
coast and a famous historical and cultural city, is a gate to the
Yangtze River delta. It is a municipality under the direct
jurisdiction of the Central Government, the largest economic and
trade center, a comprehensive industrial base and the leading port
Shanghai is well known in the world not only for its prosperous cosmopolitan feature but also for its rich humanistic resources. In recent years, a number of modem buildings have been added to the city, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Library, Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Circus City, Shanghai City-Planning Exhibition Hall and Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. They have become new scenic sights in Shanghai. Colorful festivities, like Shanghai Tourism Festival and Shanghai China International Art Festival, have attracted an increasing number of tourists from home and overseas.
Entering Shanghai, you will immediately be overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of a thriving city: its colours, its people and its futuristic skyscrapers. Check out this section before coming to Shanghai.
Shanghai attractions are plentiful and varied. Beyond the Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower cityscapes there are a huge range of museums, colonial architecture, religious buildings, theatres, gardens, parks and shopping areas. The water towns of the Shanghai Delta, like Zhujiajiao, are well-worth getting out of the city to explore.