With an official population of 20 million (unofficially 30 million), Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world. It is also one of the world’s most spectacular ones, with its many sky-scrapers of very special architecture such as Jim Mao Tower (420 m), Shanghai World Financial Center (492 m), Oriental Pearl Tower (468 m), Shanghai Tower (632 m).
On the wave of extremely dynamic development, Shanghai leads in a range of activities. Thus, it has the world’s largest cargo port, the longest metro network in the world (420 Km) and at the same time the most rapidly developped metro network in the world, the first line being opened only in 1995. The town also boasts the largest public bus fleet in the world. It is also home to the world’s first magnetic levitation train project – the Maglev, which can reach 431 km/hr. Shanghai has some of the tallest buildings in the world, and also the world’s fastest elevator. And the list of world records could continue. World Expo 2010 Shanghai had attracted over 73 million visitors, a world record also.
Shanghai is an incredible and spectacular city, truly one of the most beautiful in the world, with its glamorous modern Pudong District with the amazing skyline and also with the beautiful colonial The Bund area, which houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles from Gothic and Baroque to Art Deco, Shanghai having one of the richest collections of Art Deco architecture in the world. The superb 1.5 m long beach promenade and the more traditional areas City God Temple (Chenghuang Miao) and Yuyuan Garden - one of the finest Chinese gardens in the world, and the Nanjing Road are all main attractions of the city. Nanjing Road is the longest shopping street in the world, and one of the busiest in the world, attracting over one million visitors daily.