Shanghai City Overview
Shanghai, located on the estuary of Yangtze River, has been committed to the center of commerce and trade in the Far East since ancient times due to her geographical advantages.
Thanks to the Reform and Opening-Up Policy in China as well as the strategy of setup of Pudong New Area as Special Economic Zone, Shanghai has developed into the national center of economy, transportation, technology, industry, finance, exhibition & convention, and shipping, and sprung into one of the world’s most populous and largest metropolitan cities.
This vibrant city is not only renowned for her economic development, but also recognized as a city with distinctive history and cultural heritages. During the Song dynasty, Shanghai was upgraded from a village to a market town; with a history of more than 700 years, Shanghai was first administered as a county during Yuan Dynasty.
The defeat of the Qing dynasty in the First Opium War granted British five treaty ports for international trade, foreign settlements, and visitation. This is the historical reason that engendered a highly internationalized Shanghai.
Some cultural relics have been remianed in Shanghai urban area. Huangdaopo Memorial Hall, Xu Guangqi Memorial Park, Lu Xun Park, Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen, Song Qingling Mausoleum, etc., witnessed historical and cultural vicissitudes of Shanghai.
Since this highly internationalized city has attracted overseas people to come for sightseeing, business exhibition, scientific and cultural exchanges, it certainly places a greater demand on the service industry, which unceasingly contributes to the fast development of industries like hotel, catering, tourism, shopping, etc., with service standards rising up to the world's top level.