Far from the fishing village it once was, Shanghai is a city with a powerful modern and international vibe. Glamour, spectacular views from the top of skyscrapers and luxurious boats, mixed with Asian mysticism and Chinese traditions sum up what visitors view as the “Pearl of the Orient” or “Paris of the East”. Once you enrol in an accredited programme in Shanghai, you will begin to experience the vibrant life of an economic, financial, cultural and technological centre. Shanghai is also crossed by Hangpu, a man-made river that increases the beauty of Shanghai’s downtown. This is why the city’s name is translated into “on the sea”. You can go from admiring the typical shikumen residences to exploring the traditional Yuyuan Garden and to climbing on top of some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
Being a constantly flourishing national economic centre, Shanghai is a stable environment where, as a graduate international student, you can get employed. The city has a fame throughout history as a large financial centre and it keeps its prestige.
Among the national major institutions there is the Shanghai Stock Exchange, a worldwide notorious company. Foreign investors such as Volkswagen and General Motors built offices in Shanghai. The city is also home to the largest free-trade zone in mainland China, an attraction to foreign investors. So, if you are looking for a place where you can put your academic knowledge into practice, there are plenty of opportunities in Shanghai.
Shanghai has an active and agitated city life, that helps you experience the old and the new, the traditional and the modern, in one place. As spectacular as it is, Shanghai earned is fame as the place where you can live “the American Dream à la Chinoise”, as a reporter described it.
Having over 150 parks, Shanghai has a culture of outdoor entertainment, that is also generous in city landscapes. Jessfield Park, Shanghai Botanical Garden and Xujiahui are some of the parks that often impress visitors. The city also has a low air pollution level in comparison to other locations in China and walking around and admiring the 20-century, Soviet, Stalinist and other styles of architecture, along with modern and eccentric structures, is most of the time a pleasure.
Shanghai is known for its influence upon the cyberpunk culture, visible on buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower or the Yanán Elevated Road. Some of the most famous local museums are Shanghai Museum, the China Art Museum, the Power Station of Art or the National History Museum.
Nightlife of Shanghai is visible in clubs, concert halls, thematic bars and other locals.
Shanghai is a multicultural and multilingual city, with a large amount of registered foreigners from Japanese, S.U.A. or Korea. Being a popular tourist destination and international trade centre, the city has a constant flow of visitors.
Locals are accustomed with the flow of international visitors and students and are eager to talk to them about Asian traditions and to show them a bit of the local customs, while learning more about Western ideas.
Shanghai’s climate focuses on for seasons, with chilly and windy winters, hot summers with thunderstorms and typhoons and comfortable springs or autumns. Average temperatures are of 1.2°C (39.6°F) in January and 27.9°C (82.2°F) in July.
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