Shanghai (Chinese: Up River), situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China, and the eighth largest in the world, with the city's 18 million, plus 13 million urban population. The citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the nation's most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers.
Originally a fishing town, Shanghai became China's most important city (after the capital Beijing) by the twentieth century and became the third largest financial center in the world, ranking after New York City and London. Shanghai is the largest commercial city in the Far East, one of the world's busiest ports, and the largest cargo port in the world. Shanghai's skyscrapers and modern lifestyle are often seen as representing China's recent economic development and a compelling bid to become the world's next superpower.
The distinctive Oriental Pearl Tower, the tallest tower in Asia is located in Shanghai. At 468 meters (1,535 feet) high, it is the third tallest tower in the world. The tower is divided into 11 spheres of different sizes, located at different levels, symbolizing the concept of large and small pearls. There's a rotating restaurant, which is the highest of its kind in the whole of Asia, deluxe-class viewing platforms, and luxury conference room. In addition, between the top and bottom spheres there is a hotel, which has 250 rooms. Its lower sphere is now available for living quarters, starting at very high prices. The Pearl Tower attracts three million visitors each year.
The Jin Mao Tower (Chinese: Golden Prosperity Building) is an 88-story landmark building, mainland China's tallest skyscraper at 420 meters (1,378 feet). Symbol of Shanghai of the 21st century it ranks fifth in the world, and is the pride of Shanghai not only because of its size but also because of its beauty. The Jin Mao has two high-speed elevators, which take visitors up to the upper viewing platform in 45 seconds at a speed of 9 meters (30 feet) per second. There's a gym on the 57th floor with a swimming pool. Located on the 87th floor at "Grand Hyatt Shanghai" is a bar "Cloud 9" which was included in the "Guinness Book of Records" in 2000, as the highest bar in the world. Located on the 88th floor is a viewing room, the largest in China lookout with fantastic panorama of Shanghai embankment.
Shanghai's embankment The Bund has long been considered a symbol of the center of the city, which attracts a lot of people. This is due not only to its beauty, but also for the buildings of different styles, which are located on it.
Stretch of embanked riverfront in Shanghai The Bund, viewed from Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong.
District of Shanghai Pudong, China's financial and commercial hub, seen from The Bund.
Shanghai is located at 31° 14' north latitude and 121° 29' east longitude.
Time in Shanghai, as in the rest of China is UTC+8, eight hours ahead.
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate and Shanghai experiences all four seasons, with freezing temperatures during the winter season, and hot and humid months of July and August. Temperatures extremes of –10°C (14°F) and +41°C (105°F) have been recorded. Heavy rain is frequent in early summer. The weather in spring, although considered the most beautiful season, is highly variable, with frequent rain and alternating spells of warmth and cold. Summer is the peak tourist season, but heat and humidity make it almost impossible for people to breathe properly. Autumn is generally sunny and dry. Winters are typically gray and bleak, with little or no snowfall.
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