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Shanghai is China's most comprehensive industrial and commercial city, ranking the first in population and population density. As a tourist city, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad by its commercial activity rather than scenic beauty. Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East River in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 17 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become the well-known booming metropolis city.

Shanghai summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season begins in June. Fall is mostly mild. In winter (January to February) temperatures can reach below freezing. Spring begins again in March. Click here for 3-day weather forecast for Shanghai. So bring along some heavy clothing for the winter whereas light clothing is adequate during summer.

The official language in China is Mandarin but distinct dialects are spoken throughout the country. Shanghainese speak Mandarin or Shanghaihua, however most tourist hotels have staff who are fluent in foreign languages.

The local highlights: Huju opera, Shanghai food (mixture elite of Chinese cuisines), Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Xin Tian Di Plaza, etc.

The symbol of old and new Shanghai, the Bund (officially known as Zhongshan Lu) is Shanghai's most famous landmark. The pleasure of the Bund, is that it is not simply a tourist strip but a place that everyone enjoys. At sunrise, the boulevard fills up with people of all ages practicing Tai Chi or dancing. In the day, while visitors file up and down the long strip, its business is running as usual in many of these magnificent buildings. And, in the evenings, couples wander along the river front, holding hands and enjoying the spectacular city lights, buildings and atmosphere of the area which provide a continual reminder that Shanghai was, and in many ways still is, a foreign invention.

Yuyuan Garden is a must for tourists. With its ancient Chinese motif, scores of gift and antique shops and ornate spans arching over cascading streams, the garden is a natural tourist magnet, attracting hordes of local and overseas tourists every day. The Yuyuan Garden and the City God Temple, situated in the south of the metropolitan city, stand next to each other. Yuyuan is one of Shanghai' five ancient gardens built in a style derived from Suzhou, a city of gardens in the vicinity of Shanghai. In fact, the dragon walls, brick carving and stone lions make it a stand out among the five.

In recent years, following rapid economic growth, Pudong has attracted from other parts of China and the whole world. The emergence of scenic spots full of modern flavor, such as marvelous bridges, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower and Lujiazui, shows people the image of New Pudong.