Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is China’s largest economic center and the most westernized city in the country after Hong Kong. Its prime coastal position has also made it one of China’s most vital international shipping ports. This vibrant metropolis of 16 million has a history of more than 700 years. Though it is not an ancient city filledwith loads of temples and ruins, it does have a rich cultural heritage. Old buildings that line the city’s charming, bustling streets contain architectural remnants of a strong colonial past.
Today, Shanghai is one of the forerunners in China’s race for modernization. Almost one quarter of the world’s construction cranes stand in this city, creating a new multi-cultural community. The city is home to many of the country’s most popular tourist attractions including Yu Garden, The Bund, the Shanghai Museum, and the famed Shanghai Acrobatic Show. Shanghai is also considered a “shopper’s paradise”, with Nanjing and Huaihai Roads showcasing the latest in designer trends. In 2010, the city will host the World Exp and will open its doors to the international community. With its rapid development showing no signs of stopping, the city stands as a symbol of the new face of modern China.