Shanghai--Pearl of the Orient

An open and vibrant place in the east!


Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. Also it is a popular destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country.

In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.


Historical population

Year Pop. %
1953 6,204,400 -
1964 10,816,500 +74.3%
1982 11,859,700 +9.6%
1990 13,341,900 +12.5%
2000 16,407,700 +23.0
2010 23,019,200 +40.3%
2012 23,710,000 +3.0%


Shanghai is the largest city (by population) in the world, with a population of over 24 million. Located in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River, making it a global transportation hub and a center for trade, with the world's busiest container port. It is also a global financial center, a popular tourist destination, and a desirable location for expats. Spread over 2,317 square miles, Shanghai is mostly flat. The city experiences four distinct seasons, with snow and sub-zero temperatures in the winter, and hot, humid summers.