Shanghai is the undisputed commercial capital of China. It’s basically their version of New York City, except with about 5 million more people. Located in the central coastal region, Shanghai’s port is one of the busiest in the world. Unfortunately there aren’t as many cultural sights as compared to Beijing or Hangzhou, but this city has a never ending list of things to see and do. No matter what you decide, you’re going to have a blast.
Shanghai sits on the Huang Pu River, which feeds into the Yangtze (longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world). aA coastal city on the Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai is mostly flat and low. The Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces border Shanghai to the west and the East China Sea and the Hangzhou Bay border it to the west and south. Translated literally, Shanghai means “on the sea.”
Shanghai has two main parts, divided by the Huang Pu River. Puxi (west of the river) is larger and home to the older districts. Pudong (east of the river) stretches out to the sea and is littered with skyscrapers and new developments.
View Shanghai from the Puxi side, on the Bund, and you’ll see a vision of Shanghai’s future including the Jin Mao Tower, currently the tallest building in Shanghai, and the Oriental Pearl Tower. Look at Puxi from Pudong, and you’re looking into Shanghai’s past: the grand edifices on the Bund in what was the International Concession stand guard over the city sprawl to the west.
- Weather: Shanghai has the climate of is Central China climate. Winters are colder, Summers are hotter. It’s prone to rain at any point in the year but mid-summer and fall are the driest.
- Best time to visit: Autumn. It is not yet super hot, flowers are blooming and the trees are starting to leaf. Clearer skies and warm temperatures without the unbearable humidity.