Shanghai Overview

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

Population:18, 884, 600


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 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)


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.


  • 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.


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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