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Shanghai is one of those few cities of the world where you can be fully advised to go ahead and have fun. Yes, there's very little to be cautious of in Shanghai if you are on your best behavior. But at the same time, we must warn you against being indecent or lacking in respect to their traditions, customs and cultural heritage. The Shanghai people are very friendly, but they do not take lightly to direct assaults.

Language becomes a problem, especially in small restaurants, where the menus could be predominantly in Chinese. At such times, you could ask someone at the place to help you out. Wherever you are, you will find people speaking English, though a lot of their written matter may not be in English. For making it easier to tourists, the Shanghai authorities have now made their road signs in English.

Be wary of some kinds of people, though. Taxis are one example. You have to take all the usual precautions that a tourist should. Check out the fare cards, take printed receipts, etc. Some people will try to make a quick buck by offering you substandard tourist requirements, such as lodging and even food – refuse them. You can easily find your way yourself. Do not allow people to take advantage of the fact that you are a tourist. Be protective of your money at all times.

It is better to plan out an itinerary at the start. Shanghai is a very big city to go there unplanned. There are several tourist guides for Shanghai you can purchase beforehand and plan out your travel. A planned journey to Shanghai is definitely the best journey.


Shanghai is a metropolis in eastern China and a direct-controlled municipality of the People's Republic of China. Shanghai’s favourable port location has been a great advantage, resulting in a 19th century fishing and textiles town growing in importance as a commercial centre. After 1990, Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms instigated re-development and focussed financing in Shanghai, which city grew into the world's largest cargo port in 2005. Today, Shanghai’s strength in commerce and finance has converted it into the "showpiece" of the world's fastest-growing major economy.
The largest share market in mainland China is in Shanghai. Shanghai has been handling 560 million tons of cargo over the past lustrum. In 2007, Shanghai container traffic surpassed Hong Kong to become the second busiest port in the world, after Singapore. Shanghai and Hong Kong are rivals in the contest to become the economic centre of the Greater China region, with the former at an advantage as it is inland and better suited to manufacturing and technology and has a great demand for a highly educated and modernised workforce. Shanghai has posted double-digit growth for 15 consecutive years since 1992. In 2008, Shanghai's nominal GDP posted a 9.7% growth to 1.37 trillion yuan.

City planners are developing the standard of life for Shanghai's residents, in line with the "Better City - Better Life" theme of Shanghai's Expo 2010. The Shanghai municipality, the Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co. (SMT) and German Transrapid built in partnership the first commercial high speed Maglev railway in the world in 2002, from Shanghai's Longyang Road subway station in Pudong to Pudong International Airport, with commercial operation starting a year later. The 30 km trip takes 7 minutes and 21 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 431 km/h (267.8 mph).

Expo 2010 Shanghai China

Expo 2010 was held in Shanghai, having started on May 1 and lasting up to October 31, 2010. The theme of the exposition is "Better City – Better Life". It is the most expensive Expo in the history of the world's fairs and also the largest World's Fair site ever at 5.28 square km. More than 190 countries and 50 international organisations are taking part in the Expo, and more than 70–100 million visitors are expected to visit the 6-month long expo, which would make it the most visited Expo in history.

Leading Shanghai Markets

Shopping Centres
Shopping areas in Shanghai are divided into "Four Cities" and the four streets leading to them. The "Four Cities" are Yuyuan Shopping City, Xujiahui Shopping City, New Shanghai Shopping City and Jiali Sleepless City. Yuyuan Shopping City is the venue for specialist Chinese goods; Xujiahui is a new shopping centre, dealing mainly in electronic equipment; New Shanghai Shopping City is a shopping complex dealing with all items, from household to clothes, jewellery and electronics. The Jiali Sleepless City has shops that sell gift items, handicrafts, souvenirs, apparel, accessories, etc.

Nanjing Road, reputed to be the No. 1 shopping street in China has clusters of shops that are centuries old seated next to modern malls. Huaihai Road, almost as famous as Nanjing Road, is the epitome of elegance, featuring top-end designer brands from all over the world. Parkson Shopping Centre, on this road is worth visiting. It has reasonable prices and plenty of discounts and other promotions. Even branded clothing is decently priced here. Maison Mode, 1312, Huaihai Road, claims to be the King of the Road, featuring designer brands such as Gucci, Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, Bally, Kenzo, etc. North Sichuan Road, with good inexpensive merchandise is the first choice of the hoi polloi.

In Shanghai, the term "market" applies to vendors selling their wares under one roof, or in one outdoor area. Places to check out include Dong Tai Road Antique Market, on Dong Tai Road, near Xizang Nan Road and open daily from 9:30-10 am till sundown. The Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market is great for pearls, natural stones and crystals. It is at Hong Mei Road on the corner of Hong Qiao Road and open daily, 10 am-10 pm. The Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market at the Science and Technology Museum Metro Stop (Metro Line 2), Pudong has cushion covers and pashminas worth a look. It is open daily, 10 am-6 pm. The Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market is a great market for qipaos and cashmere coats. Located at 399 Lujiabang Road (near the Bund), it is open daily, 10 am-7 pm. Finally, Cybermart, three floors of electronics like the computer/mobile phone/video/etc., is worth visiting. It is at 1 Huai Hai Middle Road at the corner of Xizang (Tibet) Road and open daily, from 10 am-9 pm.


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