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Shanghai Overview

Location: in east China, on the mouth of Yangtze River

Population:18, 884, 600

Area:

7,037 square kilometers
Broadly, central Shanghai is divided into two areas: Pudong and Puxi, two sides of the Huangpu River. Most Shanghai attractions like the Bund, the shopping streets, the former foreign concessions, hotels, restaurants, sights and nightclubs are in Puxi.

Time:

  • Time used in Shanghai and all over China is called Beijing standard time.
  • Beijing time GMT +8, No daylight saving time
  • 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 8)
  • 12 hours ahead of New York DST (GMT + 8)

Weather:

Sub-tropical marine season climate. 4 distinct seasons with abundant rainfall.

  • Annual Average Rainfall: 1,200 millimeters
  • Annual Average Temperature: 15.7 ℃
  • Hottest Month Average Temperature: 28 ℃ (in August)
  • Coldest Month Average Temperature: 3 ℃ (in January)
  • Rainy Season: from mid-June to mid-July

Economy: As China’s economic center, Shanghai pays particular attention to developing its banking industry focusing on the stock market, foreign currency exchange and insurance.

Language:

  • Local people speak Shanghai dialect (Shanghainese), while most people speak Mandarin.
  • Most of Shanghai's hotels staff members can speak English, and a few major restaurants and stores will have at least one employee who is able to speak English.
  • Visitor's tour guides will be able to speak English, and act as translators.

Transportation:

Shanghai is a major international shipping center, and the only Chinese city with two international airports: Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

 

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