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shanghai
Chinese nameshanghai ['on/above' 'sea']
Population18,600,000
Area6,340
CapitalShanghai
Main Industriesindustry, major port
GDP65,602
Foreign Trade227,524
Ethnic minorities1%
Urbanization89%
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Shanghai has a rich historical past and is the principal city of southern China, in fact it vies with Beijing in many ways for premier city status. Strategically placed near the mouth of the mighty Yangzi (Changjiang) River it has for long been the main gateway for trade into central China. Famous as a cosmopolitan trading centre in the 1920s and 1930s with large foreign trading settlements it has now re-emerged as a major industrial and business centre. It is developing very quickly and pulls in many migrant workers from the rural hinterland. There are many buildings of historical interest including those on the world famous 'Bund' (a name imported by the British by way of India).

See also:
Guide to Shanghai
China sage map of Shanghai

Pearl tower, Shandong
© Sally & Richard Greenhill Photo Library


Here are some historic photographs of Shanghai, click on the thumbnail to see the photograph in full


Five Dragon Garden
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Shanghai Teahouse
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Replica Tortoise
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Calligraphy Teacher
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Student Debate
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Five Dragon Park
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Shanghai
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Old Roof
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Shanghai
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