The Streets of Shanghai

Here is some basic information on Shanghai courtesy of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia followed by some images taken on the streets of Shanghai.

Shanghai 上海
—  Municipality  —
Municipality of Shanghai • 上海市

Clockwise from top: A view of the Pudong skyline; Yuyuan Garden, China Pavilion along with the Expo Axis, neon signs on Nanjing Road, and The Bund

Location of Shanghai Municipality within China

Coordinates: 31°12′N 121°30′E / 31.2°N 121.5°E / 31.2; 121.5Coordinates: 31°12′N 121°30′E / 31.2°N 121.5°E / 31.2; 121.5
Country People’s Republic of China
Settled 5th–7th century
Incorporated – Town 751
– County 1292
– Municipality 7 July 1927
Divisions – County-levelTownship- level 16 districts, 1 county 210 towns and subdistricts
Government
• Type Municipality
CPC Ctte Secretary Yu Zhengsheng
• Mayor Han Zheng
Area[1][2]
• Municipality 6,340.5 km2 (2,448.1 sq mi)
• Water 697 km2 (269 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2010)[4]
• Municipality 23,019,148
• Density 3,600/km2 (9,400/sq mi)
Demonym Shanghainese
Time zone China standard time (UTC+8)
Postal code 200000 – 202100
Area code(s) 21
GDP[5] 2011
– Total CNY 1.92 trillion US$ 297 billion (11th)
– Per capita CNY 82,560 US$ 12,784 (1st)
– Growth increase 8.2%
HDI (2008) 0.908 (1st) – very high
Licence plate prefixes 沪A, B, D, E, F,G ,H, J, K 沪C (outer suburbs)
City flower Yulan magnolia
Website www.shanghai.gov.cn
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Shanghai (Chinese: 上海; Shanghainese: Zånhae; Mandarin pinyin: Shànghǎi) is the largest city by population of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) [6][7] and the largest city proper by population in the world.[8] It is one of the four province-level municipalities of the PRC, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010.[4] It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center[9] and the busiest container port in the world.[10]

Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces to the west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.[11]

Once a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to its favorable port location and was one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking which allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement. The city then flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became the undisputed financial hub of the Asia Pacific in the 1930s.[12] However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, the city’s international influence declined. In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city.[13]

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Pudong skyline. It has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China.[14][15]

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