Shanghai means “City above the Sea” and a city it certainly is, with glittering skyscrapers and sophisticated shopping and entertainment. With incredible futuristic skyscrapers rubbing shoulders with timeless Chinese architecture, Shanghai is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. It also is one of the most populated cities in the People’s Republic of China. Shanghai is an attractive metropolis located on the estuary of the famous Yangtze River. Since 1990, it has become an increasingly appealing place for student travel from all over the world, as it offers students a lot of great stuff to do in an enjoyable, unique atmosphere. It is also one of China’s main travel hubs, so getting into and out of Shanghai is no problem.
Fun activities in Shanghai include visiting the peaceful Yu Garden, the Shanghai Museum of Art, and lovely architecture in the former French Concession (area). Since there is so much to do in Shanghai, where to go only depends upon your particular interests. You can also go to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower (standing at 468 meters tall, it is Asia’s tallest TV tower) to get a better view of Shanghai. To see a giant Panda and other exotic animals, check out the Shanghai Zoo. The Xintiandi quarter has incredible restored stone-gate houses and great people-watching.