With a population of over 24 million people, Shanghai China is the most populous city in China and the world. Although it has gone through its ups and downs, it is known today as a financial as well as transportation hub due to it’s location in the Yangtze River Delta in East China.
When the Europeans discovered it’s great port access, the city began to flourish in the 19th century for it’s great trade opportunities. That came to a screeching halt in 1949 due to the new Communist Regime. Because of new trade laws, China could only trade with like governments and would not reopen it’s ports to the rest of the world until the 90s. Since then Shanghai has seen extensive trade brought back to it’s shores. And has distinguished itself yet again as a major port of exports as well as imports.
Tourists visiting Shanghai have a lot to see and do. Many spend their days wander the Bund or waterfront area of the city. Both locals and tourist find much to do along the waterways. Take a trip to the City God Temple. This area located within the old walled city contains both a temple as well as hundreds of stores and shops, many of which are centuries old. If you are visiting the temple make sure to take your shoes off before entering. This is seen as a sign of respect. The people of Shanghai as well as the rest of China love to interact with tourists. Join a local tai chi class in one of the cities many parks to get a feel of real Chinese customs.
Shanghai has many interesting facts, one is that it, like Venice, is sinking. Because of it’s location on the Yangtze River Delta, the soil is soft and cannot contain the wait of this very populous city. And speaking of populous, there are so many drivers and vehicles in the city to control the car population the only way to get a license plate is by bidding. The government releases 10,000 new plates a month in a 90 minute sale. Some of these plates go upwards of $8,000 making a license plate often more expensive than the actual car.
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