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City Shanghai in China-The Shopping Paradise

Shanghai is a symbol of modernization of China. Situated on the banks of Yangtze River, it is famous all over the world for its economic and financial developments and it is the international trade centre of China. Its skylines are mesmerizing and give a feel of modern China.

Accommodation
Shanghai has a huge hotel industry. Rates of the rooms are slightly higher than other Chinese cities as Shanghai’s standard of living is high. Hongqiao commercial district of the city has exclusive five star hotels which are at walking distance from Shanghai Mart, International Trade centre. There are also high end hotels near Pudong airport which are best for people travelling to Shanghai for business purposes.

Nanjing road offers some reasonable three star hotels which have good shopping malls, bars and restaurants in nearby vicinity. Hotel staff in Shanghai generally speaks English and makes guests feel at home. There are many trade fairs, conferences etc held in Shanghai. So, it’s wise to make advance bookings for hotels. Online bookings are available for youth hostels which are mostly in the heart of the city. Many offer only bed and breakfast facilities, while others offer lockers as well.

History
Shanghai is an ancient Chinese city with a history which spans over eight dynasties. The Qin dynasty shaped Shanghai into a trading centre of China. In the 11th century it was just a small fishing village. After the Xinhai Revolution, Shanghai became the centre of all activities and prospered further into the biggest financial centre.

Popular Places and Monuments
Yuyang Garden built by the Ming dynasty has a beautiful spread of artistic gardens with pavilions separated by zigzag bridges. The Bund is the most famous architectural monument of Shanghai on the banks of HuangPu River.

Nanjing Road is considered the most important tourist and commercial Street in China. City God Temple, HuangPu river cruise, Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai World Financial centre are some tourist spots worth spending time.

Getting Around
Shanghai has two international airports, Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. Shanghai has two railway stations. There are holiday special trains to scenic locales of Mt. Huangshan and Mt. Wuyishan. Buses are also convenient for long distance travels. There are four national highways and expressways. Taxi services are also reasonable and reliable. Public buses have inexpensive tickets. Do not forget to download a bus guide from net for convenience. People of Shanghai find bikes most convenient that are also available on rent.

Places of Entertainment
Shanghai has the most fashionable nightlife. It has excellent pubs and bars. Huang Pu River cruise ride is a lifetime experience. Shanghai also has the China’s best circus, The Shanghai Circus World.

Currency
Renminbi (RMB) or Chinese Yuan is the official currency of Shanghai. Pudong International airport has currency exchange service. Latest news updates on the current exchange rates can be viewed from internet.

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