Shanghai - the city of progress and innovations, is today the world's most populous city that houses over 24 million inhabitants and its strategic location in the center of the Chinese coast, at the Yangtze River mouth, has transformed it into a key player in the regional and international trade. Since the 19th century is has grown into a global financial center (with over 780 financial institutions), busiest cargo container port, administrative center and major hub for commerce, transportation and shipping. Shanghai ranks highly as a business-friendly city with great future potential. The economy depends mainly on services, finance, retail and real estate followed by manufacturing and agriculture. China's largest shipbuilders and steel company are located in Shanghai as well as the main automotive firm - SAIC Motor.
Due to the high business volumes, MICE sector is growing rapidly with many company events and business meetings held here throughout the year. The city boasts a vast range of meeting venues and facilities of all sizes and types - both formal as well as more casual. Major exhibition and convention venues include the Pudong Expo, Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai New International Expo, Intex Shanghai, Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center or the Soviet-style Shanghai Exhibition Center, to name a few. Many international hotels are conveniently nearby these venues to provide accommodation as well as their own business and meeting rooms.
Shanghai's main tourist attractions are the Bund, Yu Garden, the City God Temple and the Jade Buddha Monastery. Visitors can ride up several very tall towers such as the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Shanghai Tower, the Jin Mao Tower or the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower - all of which offer spectacular views of the city. The mos recent addition to the long list of tourist attractions is the Shanghai Disneyland with the biggest of all Disneyland castles. To escape the hustle and bustle of the urban life, one can find peace in dozens of parks, green zones, or the Shanghai Botanical Garden.
Shanghai is served by two international airports. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA code: PVG), located 30 km to the east of the city, serves international flights and is the main seat for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China. Time needed for transfer to the center is around 65 min and a taxi costs between CNY 150 and 200. For CNY 50 you take the Maglev train.
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (IATA code: SHA), mainly serves domestic and some international flights. It is only 13 km westward from the city and a taxi will transfer you to the city center for approx. CNY 60. China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines are headquartered at this airport.
SHANGHAI MASS TRANSIT
Shanghai disposes of 14 mass transit lines: Line 1, Line 13, Line 16, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 7, Line 9, Line 10, Line 11, Line 8 and the SMT Maglev