History & Culture of Shanghai

Shanghai is a paradise for history lovers. With its long history, it is no wonder that Shanghai has a large number of historical relics and places of historical interest.

Shanghai's many ancient and modern living cultures are alive and well. The city's bars and nightclubs are designed with innumerable themes, offering something for everyone.

We have chosen some interesting topics about Shanghai's history and culture to share with you. And hope they can help you to get a more detailed look at the wonderful city of Shanghai.


Experience Old Shanghai

When talking about the past of Shanghai, instead of talking about its history, people tend to use the phrase Old Shanghai. Many people consider Old Shanghai as a certain kind of lifestyle, thus the impression of Old Shanghai falls into the following words: clubs, nightlife, fashion, pretty girls in Cheongsams, handsome men with hats, and a bunch of foreigners.

Taste Shanghai Culture: Some people, especially those coming from Beijing or Xi'an, might think Shanghai is a city with little culture. However, since it was opened as a commercial port in 1843, Shanghai, became one of the first cities that were exposed to Western thoughts and fashion. Thus, Shanghai became "A melting pot of Eastern and Western cultures. "

Shanghai Old StreetShanghai Old Street

Shanghai Brief History: The Development of Shanghai

960 AD: A small fishing village

Six thousand years ago, humans settled here. In 960, Shanghai was still a small fishing village. Six thousand years ago, humans had settled here, but it was not until 751 that it received its present name.

Song Dynasty: A Key Cotton Exporter

Shanghai became a key cotton exporter under the Song Dynasty. To increase trade, a customs house was built in 1685 to sell silk and tea.

1842: After the First Opium War

The British opened a concession in Shanghai after the first Opium War in 1842. The French, Americans and Japanese soon followed the British in establishing territories in Shanghai. China's Fuzhou Road is located in the concession area.

The 1930s: Most Important Port in Asia

In the 1930s, Shanghai became the most important port in Asia and the world's largest trading and banking firms set up houses along the Bund.

1937: Japanese Invasion

In 1937, Japanese bombs hit Shanghai and controlled Shanghai and much of China's eastern coast until 1945.

1949: New Shanghai

In 1949, most foreigners left Shanghai and the Chinese Communist state took control of the city and the formerly privately-held businesses. The foreign concession era officially ends.

1976: Opening up to the Outside World

The reform and opening-up policy in 1976 allowed a commercial revival to take place in Shanghai.

Now: Shanghai is growing into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia.

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