Difference between revisions of "Shanghai"
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Shanghai, with a population of more than 16 million (in which nearly 4 million are non-residents), is one of the most populous and most developed city in the People's Republic of China
Shanghai was the largest and most prosperous city in Far East during the 1930s, and remained the most developed city in Communist China. In the 1990s Shanghai again becomes an attractive spots for tourists worldwide.
Shanghai is divided into 18 districts, and one county:
However in the beginning of 1990s, the Shanghai government launched a series of new strategies to attract foreign investments. The biggest move was the open up of Pudong, once a rural area of Shanghai. The strategies succeeded, and now Pudong has become the financial district of Shanghai, with a lot of skyscrapers. Today Shanghai's goal is to develop into a world-class financial and economic cenre of China or even Asia. To achieve this goal Shanghai faced competition from Hong Kong. Hong Kong has the advantage of a stronger legal system and greater banking and service expertise Shanghai has stronger links to the Chinese interior and to the central government in addition to a stronger manufacturing and technology base. Since the handover of Hong Kong to the PRC, Shanghai has increased its role in finance, banking, and as a major destination for corporate headquarters, fueling demand for a highly educated and westernized workforce.
Shanghai now has two airports:
It is very fast to reach downtown from Hongqiao Airport, travellers could reach Xu Jiahui -- one of the shopping area -- in only 20 minutes.
However Pudong International Airport is further away, and currently tourists can take taxi(the most convenint and fast) or airport express bus services. If you take taxi, you probably would need at least 1 hour to reach your destination, and would take even longer with airport express.
Presently Shanghai is constructing Transrapid, the first operational maglev railway in the world, which will link Pudong International Airport to down town. It is scheduled to operate commercially in 2004.
Shanghai Railway Station is located in Zhabei district. It is the cheapest way to reach Shanghai from other cities in China. But there is few international rail links.
There are several long-distance bus stations in Shanghai, but most buses only go to small towns nearby the city.
How to get around once you are there: bus, train, rickshaw, ferry, gondola, etc. How much does local transport cost, where/how to buy tickets, and good discounts (week or weekend passes, 1/2 price seniors or students, etc).
List attractions that people come to this city for, such as museums, palaces, churches, temples, historical buildings, squares, parks, monuments, statues, streets, zoos, etc. You can also note here general information about attractions, such as discount tourist admission passes, need for a guide, weather warnings, good walking routes, general areas to hang out in, etc.
This is for things that travellers will do themselves. More active participation is needed for Do things than for See things. For example, going to see a river goes under See; kayak trips down the river go under Do.
If there are opportunities for travellers to study in this city -- from language to cooking classes up to full university courses -- add that here.
What possibilities are there for travellers to earn money in this city? Note that this is kind of long-range and probably won't be appropriate for most destinations.
The travellers' dirty secret: we like souvenirs. What would be good to buy in this city? Local crafts? How about general shopping -- clothes, travel equipment, other?
For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialties or oddities. Specific restaurant info, or general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Be sure to explain what the price ranges are ($2 for a meal can be a splurge in some cities). Some travellers like (or have) to make their own food -- include local food-shopping options if possible.
For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Invent groupings/labels as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).
This is for helping the traveller find a place to lay his/her weary head. Give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try to find lodging. Other good info to include is high/low season, the importance of reservation, things to request (quiet room, view, airport pick up, etc).'
Information on communications -- phone, Internet, other. Give information on cellular phone coverage in the city, and telephone centers where travelers can make long-distance calls. This is also where you'd list Internet cafes or computer rental centers for staying in touch by email or on the Web. If there are free or paid wireless Internet hotspots in the city, name them here.
This is a section for general safety tips. If there are health hazards or crime problems in the city, list them here.
This section is for all those little items that people need to know when they're in a city. Where can you do laundry? Go to a gym? Get computers repaired? Anything that has to do with the practicalities of daily life should go here.
Don't put something here when it could fit in one of the other sections. If there's nothing to put in this section, leave it out.
How to move on from the destination. Try and include as many options as you can think of -- land, air, sea. Other nearby destination suggestions or day-trip ideas should go here. Don't replicate information that's up in "Get in", though. If there's really no extra information, just leave this section out entirely.
This is where you'd add links to other Web sites that may have information about this city. Try to include these in the article text where possible, but if not, just list them here. Emphasize first sources rather than Web pages on other travel Web sites.