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Shanghai, with a land area of 6,340 sq km and a population of 17 million, is a world-famous metropolis and an economic, cultural as well as science and technology center of China.
Society and Culture
Shanghai is a top contestant of Beijing in claiming the title of China’s cultural center. While Beijing boasts a rich heritage of history, Shanghai is known for a culture that is receptive to the influence of other cultures. This gives the city a more cosmopolitan touch.
What makes Shanghai particularly attractive are the different styles of architecture throughout the city. Part of Shanghai was once divided into different "concessions" or districts by foreign powers and the boundaries of these areas still remain today. The newest area of the city, Pudong, symbolizes everything that is new and exciting about Shanghai. Two of the most impressive city structures can be found here, the Jinmao Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
The everyday language in the city is the Shanghai dialect. A large number of people speak mandarin. Shanghai is one of the few cities in China where you will surprisingly find many local Chinese speaking quite good English.
Education and Research
There are 57 regular institutions of higher learning and more than 1,000 scientific research and technology development organizations in Shanghai . It is worth mentioning that Shanghai International Studies University set up a Graduate Institute of Interpretation and Translation (GIIT) in April 2003 which is the first university in China to confer a Doctor of Translation/Interpretation Degree; and the world-famous Fudan University established its Department of Translation and Interpretation in October 2004. There are four translators associations in Shanghai, focusing on different fields of translation. They are all members of TAC.
An Ideal Conference City
Shanghai is rising to be a convention and exhibition hub in the Asia-Pacific region and the number of conferences and exhibitions Shanghai hosts is growing by an annual 20 percent. After APEC and Fortune Global Forum, Shanghai was selected as the host city for the largest exhibition in the world, the World Expo, to be held in 2010. This is convincing enough of the city’s charm and merits as an ideal MICE destination.
With 351 star-rated hotels, offering about 54,000 guest rooms, Shanghai provides a variety of accommodation choices for visitors. Most international brands of hotel management have gained strong footholds in Shanghai, which maintain the hotel service at international standards. With its catering industry booming, the city has become a culinary capital in China and is rising as a hot dining hub in Asia. A medley of various cuisines, from both China and abroad, has enriched the city’s dining out scenes.
Thanks to a 15-year program to clean up Shanghai launched by the municipal government in the late 1990s, the city now boasts of being the cleanest and safest on China ’s Mainland. The green area covers 35 percent of the city’s total territory.
For more information about Shanghai, please visit:
The official website of Shanghai Municipality: http://www.shanghai.gov.cn/shanghai/node8059/index.html
Smart Shanghai: an insider's guide about Shanghai City: http://www.smartshanghai.com/en/scripts/index.php
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