Shanghai City Guide
Travel Tips
China Theme Tours
China Tour 2012
Muslim Travel
China Tours
China Highlight Tour
Silk Road Exploration
Historic & Cultural Tours
Tibet Lhasa Travel
Lijiang Shangri-La Tour
Yangtze River Cruise
Popular City Tours
China Top City
beijing tours
from $259
Shanghai Tours
from $96
Xian Tours
from $75
Lhasa Tours
from $289
Urumqi Tours
from $249
chongqing tours
from $189
Guilin Tours
from $195
Guiyang Tours
from $219
Kunming Tours
from $219
tailor made tours
Home >> Destination >> Shanghai >>

Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai, "Hu" for short, is one of the four municipalities directly under the Central Government. During the shanghai travel guideWarring States Period (475-221BC), Shanghai first belonged to the Yue State, then to the Chu State. King Lie of the Chu State appointed Huang Xie as his prime minister and bestowed him the title of Lord Chunshen. Shanghai was part of his fiefdomShanghai’s ancient moniker, “Shen,” derived from the Lord’s namesake. The name "Shanghai" actually came during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), when Shanghai began to rise as an international trade port. The Huangpu River, which runs through Shanghai and empties into the Yangtze River, has 18 creeks. One of these creeks was called "Shanghai Creek" - flowing past the present day Bund - bestowing on the settlement the name “Shanghai Town”. This name was later shortened to Shanghai, and referred to the entire populated area. By the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Shanghai had become China's largest textile center and business was developing fast. After the Opium War in 1840, Shanghai was opened as a trade port to foreign powers that set up their concessions there through imposing unequal treaties on China. In the century or more that followed, Shanghai became the largest base of imperialist aggression in China, known in the West as an "adventurers' paradise". A city with a glorious revolutionary record in modern Chinese history, Shanghai was where the Chinese Communist Party was founded in July 1921. On July 7, 1927, Shanghai was proclaimed as a special municipality. On May 27, 1949, Shanghai was really liberated.

Nowadays, Shanghai is the biggest city in China, as well as its commercial and financial heart. It is an important hub of communications with an easy access to the outside world by all means of transport: ocean, offshore and shanghaiinland water shipping, highway and railroad transport, air flights etc. Via the Yangtze River and the Huhang (Shanghai to Hangzhou) and Jingguang (Beijing to Shanghai) Railways, it becomes the communication hinge connecting all parts of China. As the biggest seaport in China as well as one of the ten largest seaports in China, the port of Shanghai has trade links with ports of over 100 countries and administrative regions. It also has over 40 inland and international airlines, connecting it with other Chinese cities as well as international cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka, Bombay, Athens, Geneva, Zurich and Karachi. About one third of China’s external communication is transmitted by Shanghai Satellite Ground Station and Sino-Japanese Benthonic Cable. As the biggest industrial center in China, Shanghai ranks first in industrial production as well as scientific and technological development. Its coastal area  has an abundance of resources of fish and salt. Shanghai is situated at the Yangtze River delta, guarding the gateway of the Yangtze River in the north, facing the sea in the east and bordering the scenic city of Hangzhou Bay in the south. It is one of six most travelled sites in China. With its abundant beautiful gardens, cultural relics, museums and temples, Shanghai attracts thousands of visitors both from home and abroad every year. Some cultural performances of interest include Huju opera, Yueju opera, Shanghai burlesque, and Pingtan opera.

More Shanghai AttractionsShanghai Top Attractions

Oriental Pearl Tower

Nanjing Road

The Bund
More Shanghai Tours Shanghai Hot Tours
3-Day Standard Shanghai Tour from $164
Destination: Shanghai
Tour Level: Standard
Special Features: Shanghai Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden.
click to see more >>
3-Day Economy Shanghai Tour from $119
Destination: Shanghai
Tour Level: Economy
Special Features: Shanghai Bund, Nanjing Road, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden.
click to see more >>
2-Day Standard Shanghai Tour from $96
Destination: Shanghai
Tour Level: Standard
Special Features: Shanghai Yuyuan Garden, Old Town, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Huangpu River cruise.
click to see more >>
Home | China Attractions | China Hotels | About Us | Contact Us | Site Maps
China Highlight Tour | Historic & Cultural Tour | Silk Road Exploration | Tibet Lhasa Travel | Lijiang-Shangrila Tour | Yangtze River Cruise
Beijing Tours | Chongqing Tours | Guilin Tours | Guiyang Tours | Kunming Tours | Lhasa Tours | Shanghai Tours | Urumqi Tours | Xian Tours
Copyright 1992-2018 All Rights Reserved
China Travel Guide