Archive | January, 2012

Shanghai Must-Knows

25 Jan

The magic city--Shanghai-

How much do you know about Shanghai?

The biggest city of China, the economic center of Asia, fashionable, fast moving, etc.

What else? Maybe that’s all you have known about the city.

But don’t you want to know more about this fancy city?

I listed some “MUST KNOW” facts about my hometown–Shanghai.

Bullets About Shanghai

  • Location—31° 12′ 0″ N, 121° 30′ 0″ E

Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.

  • Importance

Due to its excellent port, Shanghai has been the most important economic, financial, trade and shipping center in China since ancient time.

  • Language

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.

  • Population

It possesses a population of 23 millions, of which 8.9 millions are floating people.

Brief Modern History of the City

The British Army entered Shanghai and opened it as a treaty in 1840. Many other countries set up concessions in Shanghai. By setting up enterprises in industries of shipping, banking, printing, pharmacy, architecture and public utilities, these countries, along with the Qing government, made Shanghai become an “Adventurer’s Paradise.”

Since that time, modern industry developed quickly in Shanghai until the city started to suffer from World War II. The lack of raw material resulted in declining industry and economy, the lack of daily necessities and severe inflation.

In May 1949 Shanghai was liberated. It became a municipality directly under the Central Government on Oct 1 of 1949, and began to revive.

In 1978, Shanghai benefited greatly from the reform and opening-up national policies. People’s living standard has been improved since that time. Open-minded introduction of foreign capital, advanced foreign technologies and management methods speeded up its development. Nowadays the international metropolis of Shanghai is an influential economic power in the world and undoubtedly an economic, financial, trade, cultural, science and technology center of China.

beautiful view restaurantCulture of Shanghai—all rivers run into sea.

In general, the coastal regions of China have higher economic development level than those cities located in the inner part of China. Meanwhile, southern cities enjoyed a better development of economics than northern cities.

Located in the southeast part of the mainland, Shanghai has enjoyed the name of “Pearl of the Orient” for its history. It is the biggest port in the Far East region. Shanghai is also the economic center of China. Unlike other traditional Chinese cities, it has absorbed many foreign influences, making it an unusual cosmopolitan. Foreign culture has influenced Shanghainese people’s life style a lot. Shanghainese respect western culture a lot.

In their daily life, People spent every penny wisely. Though most people are not rich, but we still want to be elegant and gentleman. People pay attention on their quality of life a lot. They classified themselves into “petty bourgeoisie”. For example, young people in Shanghai may care more about the environment than the food when deciding where to eat. Hi-tea is one of the most “in” activities among young people. Sitting by a window of fantastic view, chatting with one or two best friends–what a fabulous afternoon!

Now you have a basic idea about the city and its people. Be sure to check back to learn more about the new Shanghai!

Sources referred: TravelChinaGuide.