With a population of 23 million people, Shanghai is the world’s biggest city. It is the richest city in mainland China, has the busiest container port in the world and the world’s sixth largest stock exchange by market capitalisation.
Shanghai is located on the Yangtze River Delta, bordered by the East China Sea. It has for centuries been an important shipping and trading town but was regarded with little political importance until the last two centuries.
The Shanghai we know today came of age under European influence. Following British victory in the First Opium War of 1839-1842, a treaty was signed to allow international trade. Recognising its potential as a commercial centre, the British, French, Americans, Germans and Russians moved in. During the 1930s Shanghai was the biggest city in the Far East and the undisputed financial hub of Asia Pacific.
Under Communist rule, Shanghai became less important to the west, but the liberalisation of its economy in the 1990s had them rushing back in. It receives more foreign investment today than any other city in the developing world.
Shanghai looks like a glitzy blend of east and west. Its shikumens – colonial buildings that combine European and Chinese architecture – stand side by side with skyscrapers and designer shops. It is the trendsetting Chinese town.
As well as being the most important financial city in mainland China, Shanghai is a significant industrial hub.
When to go:
As an international city, Shanghai is amenable to visitors year-round, but the best weather is from March to May and September to November.
With contemporary rooms and suites, as well as a dedicated club lounge for executives, the Radisson Blu Century Park is situated in the heart of Shanghai's most dynamic financial and cultural zone, Pudong. Thanks to hotel features like Vita Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a business center, guests have everything they need during their visit.
A five-star international hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan offers 288 rooms and 31 suites with Free high-speed, wireless Internet. An ideal location for business and leisure travelers, our hotel in Shanghai is located in the Putuo District, just north of the business district. On-site amenities include a spa, an indoor pool, a business center and the Club Lounge.
Offering stylish rooms, five restaurants, an on-site spa and contemporary event facilities, the Radisson Blu New World is the perfect Shanghai accommodation. Our hotel's location on Nanjing Road is opposite People's Park and provides access to metro, making it ideal for business and leisure guests alike.
With seven hectares of historic gardens in the city's former French Concession area, the Radisson Blu Plaza Xing Guo Hotel offers a garden setting for Shanghai visitors. Inside, stunning villas and elegant rooms and suites showcase this upper-upscale property's exquisite design. On-site dining, spacious event facilities and services like Free Internet provide additional convenience.
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