Shanghai is well known in the world not only for its prosperous cosmopolitan features but also for its rich human and cultural resources. The scenic spots in Shanghai are really too many for the eye to take in at one time. Built in different periods of time and in various architectural styles of the world, the grand complex of high-rise buildings on the either bank of the Huangpu River is reputed as 'the International Fair of World Architecture'. On the eastern bank of the river, high-rise structures dominate the skyline, including the Oriental TV Tower and the 88-storey Jinmao Building. Standing on its observation deck, you will have a superb panoramic view of Shanghai's spectacular development over the previous years. At the heart of this world-famous metropolis, there are many attractive scenic spots, such as the People's Square, the Shanghai Museum, the Municipal Exhibition Hall of Shanghai Urban Construction and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
Shanghai is long famed as a 'paradise for shoppers'. There are commercial streets and shopping areas like the famous Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, Huaihai Road, Sichuan Bei Road, Yuyuan Commercial and Tourist Area, Xujiahui Commercial City and Zhangyang Road Commercial City in Pudong. There, shops stand row upon row with large collections of beautiful commodities, meeting the needs of citizens and tourists at all levels of spending.
To taste delicious foods in Shanghai: Shanghai really lives up to this reputation. With so many business people rushing in, Shanghai is not only China's economic and cultural centre, but also a 'Grand View Garden' for diners of all tastes. There are a good number of restaurants noted for their authentic cuisines in various styles and there are also a lot of local delicacies. In a phrase, Shanghai deserves to be called 'the Gourmet's Paradise'.
Entertainments and sport are prolific in Shanghai. Splendid theatres, fashionable cinemas, first-class bands, luxurious dance halls and various sports fields such as its golf club, skiing stadium, ATP tennis courts, F1 racing circuit have come to be seen as forms of cultural symbols. Colorful festivities and international events, like the Shanghai Tourism Festival, Shanghai China International Art Festival, ATP Master's Cup Tennis and F1 Racing have attracted an increasing number of tourists from home and abroad.
As the night falls, it's time for the city to renew her make-up and she manages to take on a graceful bearing. Neon lights, floodlights, laser lights and other colorful lights called 'stars of the sky', suddenly all start to glitter. Submerged in the multicolored light of the neon lamps, Shanghai shines with dazzling brilliance.
Shanghai, looking like a twin city of London on the map, is situated at 31"14' north latitude and 121"29' east longitude, and in the middle of China's eastern coastline, with its mother river - the Huangpu - passing through the centre of the city. It occupies a total area of 6,341 sq km, with a total resident population of over sixteen million people. It has a pleasant climate with four distinct seasons. The average temperature is around 18ºC and the annual precipitation is 1,240 mm.
It was from the very beginning of last century that the small fishing village was developed to be the largest economic centre in the Far East and began to be well-known in the world. In the 1990s, taking the opportunity of the development and opening-up of Pudong, Shanghai was revived by deepening the economic reform process and continuing expansion. It has been making great achievements in recent years and is on its way to being an international metropolis as an international economic, financial, trade and shipping centre. With China's accession to the World Trade Organisation, Shanghai is becoming more and more attractive for investment by foreign capital.
Nowadays, Shanghai is playing an important role in the nation’s social and economic development. As an international metropolis-oriented city Shanghaiis striving to serve the nation and leading the growth of the Yangtze River Delta region. With a population of only 1% and a land area of 0.06% of the nation’s total, Shanghaicontributes 13% of the nation’s total financial income. It is expected that by 2007, the per capita GDP in Shanghai will be USD7,500. At the same time, the rate of unemployment will be below 3%-5% and the ratio of inflation less than 2%-4%.
Focusing on the development goals of building the basic 'Four Centres' framework and improving the city's international competitiveness, we are doing our best to achieve stable and relatively fast economic expansion, drive the development through science and technology, improve the capacity for independent innovation and promote social harmony and security. In the foreseeable future, we have these main targets: to develop Shanghai to be an international, economic, financial, trade and shipping centre; to host a successful and unforgettable World Expo 2010; to improve remarkably the city’s comprehensive services; to further enhance citizens' living quality and to lead the country in building an environment that is more dynamic, more open and more geared up to the international practices.
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