Ten Fascinating Facts about Shanghai

On July 21, 2011, in Restaurants & Food, Shanghai, Shopping, by Jack Li

Travel to Shanghai to experience all that this amazing city has to offer. Book Shanghai Flights now for a reasonable price and explore! 1) There are more people in the city of Shanghai than in New Zealand There are about 4 times more people in Shanghai, with a population of 19 million, according to the […]

Travel to Shanghai to experience all that this amazing city has to offer. Book Shanghai Flights now for a reasonable price and explore!
1) There are more people in the city of Shanghai than in New Zealand
There are about 4 times more people in Shanghai, with a population of 19 million, according to the 2009 census. Alternatively, there are only 4 million people in New Zealand.
Shanghai also has a density of 3,000 per KM2, which is 3 times higher than Auckland, New Zealand”s most populous urban area.
2) The main language spoken in Shanghai is Shanghainese
Like many Chinese regions, Shanghai has its own unique language. It is one of the 248 Chinese dialects.  If this is not enough, Shanghai itself has mini dialects. Those from the outer suburbs use different vocabulary and have alternative accents to those in the urban areas.
3) The world-famous Shanghai TV Tower
The TV Tower in Shanghai featured in many popular films including ‘Fanstastic Four: Rise of the Silver Sufer,’ ‘Mission Impossible 3’ and ‘Godzilla: Final Wars.’ As well as this the tower commonly referred to as the Oriental Pearl Tower, is consider as dgfev online casino a Shanghai symbol.

 

4) Shanghai has the largest bus system in the world!

There is an incredible 1,424 bus lines! Unsurprisingly, it is the best way to get around this city. It is really cheap too, as it costs 1-2 Yuan per trip.

 

5) Shanghainese kids start to learn English in First Grade 

English is now a compulsory subject in every school, in Shanghai. In a decades time everyone in the city may speak English, or a hybrid language of Chinese and English, known as ‘Chinglish.’
 

6) Shanghai: the shopping paradise!

This famous Chinese city has more commercial goods than anywhere else in the country. It also has one of the top shopping centres in the whole of Asia. If you are a ‘shopaholic’ you will love to explore the markets of Nanjing Road. This is Shanghai’s busiest and most popular shopping site, selling various goods for a reasonable price. However, if you prefer a more luxurious shopping spree head to the west end of Nanjing Road.

 

7) Venues; there one day, gone the next! 

One of the main constants in Shanghai is the fast pace of change. When visiting Shanghai you will realise how businesses are relocating, closing or opening all the time. Before your trip to the city, ensure you are up to date with the destinations that are open. Checking on the Internet and asking your hotel for information can reduce your disappointment.

8) Do you have a sweet tooth?

The people of Shanghai love sweet tastes and it is therefore commonly used in their dishes. It is said that you find more sugar in a Shanghai dish than other meals from any other part of China. So if like the Shanghainese you have a sweet tooth travel to the city and try their delicious food.

9) Money, money, money!

 In 1914, Shanghai had 200 banks that dealt with 80% of direct foreign investment into China. Since then business is still booming, even more than ever before.

10) The Shanghai Magley Train

This train links the airport to the city centre and has been the world’s fastest passenger train since 2004. It can reach a maximum cruising speed of 431 kilometres per hour.

If you are excited about visiting Shanghai and want to find out some more amazing facts for yourself, search for Shanghai Tours now! 

What to bring from China

On July 6, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

After you have climbed the Great Wall, explored all the nooks and crannies of the Forbidden City and Shanghai Bund, saluted the terracotta warriors in Xi’an and cruised Yangtze River and the time has come to think about what’s gonna bring back memories of your trip to China in the years to come. Though ‘I […]

After you have climbed the Great Wall, explored all the nooks and crannies of the Forbidden City and Shanghai Bund, saluted the terracotta warriors in Xi’an and cruised Yangtze River and the time has come to think about what’s gonna bring back memories of your trip to China in the years to come. Though ‘I <3 HK’ T-shirt, panda phone charm or another almost Gucci bag are nice souvenirs, there are many stunning items you can get uniquely in China. Get the fullest experience with China Travel.

Certain souvenirs can be bought all over the country, while other ones are best to get in a particular region.  The first souvenir you should consider buying is silk. Being a birthplace of silk, China is famous all over the world for its fine quality and wide variety. It is mostly sold in form of Chinese gown (chi pao), clothes or other accessories. You can get it anywhere in China, however the best silk products are produced in Hangzhou, Sichuan, Suzhou and Dandong.

Tea is also an excellent idea for a souvenir. Drinking tea has a long history in China and there are many varieties available. Chinese tea can be divided into 6 categories: black tea (e.g. Keemun tea, green tea (e.g. Dragon Well tea, produced near West Lake), white tea (grown almost exclusively in China, e.g. Silver Needle tea), scented tea (e.g. jasmine tea), oolong and brick tea (e.g. puer tea). It is a good idea is to get a few kinds of tea, as many of them are available only in China. They differ not only in taste, but also in shape. Therefore, tea preparation is a real art which makes tea even more valuable as a gift!

China is a place where you will encounter the most beautiful art and crafts in the world: , bronze ware; lacquer ware; printed or dyed fabrics; folk toys; Beijing cloisonné; Jiangxi porcelain; embroidery from Suzhou, Hunan, Guangdong and Sichuan; colourful pottery from Yunnan; masks, knives, carpets and religious artefacts from Tibet and Xinjiang; to give you just a few ideas! Not to mention paintings on scrolls: watercolour or court-style; calligraphy and the ‘four treasures of study’: brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper (for you to try Chinese calligraphy by yourself!). In this category all comes to your invention – the variety is simply that big!

Finally, China is famous for its jade and pearls. Jade symbolizes beauty, power, perfection and immortality in Chinese culture and is accepted as a sign of good luck. You can get it in various forms:  jewellery, figures, jade pillow and more. The best jade is said to be produced in Xinjiang, Henan and Hubei.  Chinese pearls are of exceptionally high quality and can be bought at lower price than in other countries.  The most desirable varieties include Akoya pearls from Zhejiang and South Sea pearls from Hainan.

To get the best and most genuine souvenirs, one would have to travel through the whole China. Check China Flights to how to different parts of the country. Fortunately, majority of items described above are available in bigger cities. Stalls at local markets usually sell jade, art, crafts and tea gear. Tea can be bought in either teashops or tea stalls in a market. In Beijing, you will find all of the souvenirs at the Silk Market (products may be of lower quality) and the Pearl Market (here you can get good quality jade and pearls). For more genuine souvenirs, go to the Panjiayuan Weekend Market. Visitors to Shanghai are recommended to shop at Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market as well as at Dongtai Road Market. Be prepared to pay quite a lot for the high quality products. You may get a bargain if you buy items in a factory (e.g. Jade Factory near Beijing).

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