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Shanghai is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the longest river in China, on the west bank of the East China Sea and in the middle of Chinas coastline. Through its coastal position Shanghai acts as a link between China’s inland regions and the outside world, and it is comfortable with both eastern and western cultures.

With a history of more than 700 years, Shanghai was once the financial center of the Far East. Since the reforms that began in the 1990’s great changes have taken place in the city. The municipal government is working towards building Shanghai into a modern metropolis and a global economic, financial, trading and shipping center by 2020.

Shanghai has a land area of 6,340.5 square kilometers and a population of 24.26 million permanent residents at the end of 2014. The municipality is the largest economic center in China and also a major port with per capita GDP reaching 97,300 yuan in 2014.
The city continues to open up to foreign investment and trade. By the end of 2014, Shanghai has absorbed investment from 159 countries and regions, registered 490 regional headquarters and 381 R&D centers set up by multinational companies, and attracted 297 investment firms.
Shanghai Port handled 755.29 million tons of cargos in 2014, including 35.29 million TEUs. Shanghai Port has established sister-port relationship with 23 ports in the world, serving shipping liners that ply routes between Shanghai and major ports around the world, making the city a dynamic hub of people, trade, capital, technology and information.

The fluent communications systems and exchanges between people, commodities, capital, technology and information has made Shanghai a vibrant city.

Shanghaiis also a prominent historical city in China with a rich cultural heritage. The vintage western style buildings on the Bund and the modern Lujiazui Financial Center in Pudong face each other across the Huangpu River. On the other hand, Yuyuan Garden and Longhua Temple display graceful ancient Chinese architecture.

In the last few years, various fashion shows, art and cultural festivals have attracted many foreign tourists. Expo 2010 Shanghai China embodies the theme of "Better City, Better Life.". The shopping malls on Nanjing road, Huaihai Road and in the Xujiahui Business Center showcase the most stylish and chic products in the world, and are filled with people everyday.

The government is now working hard to build itself into a clean and jural one serving the people and being responsible for the people. Shanghai will serve as the country’s bellwether in reform, opening and scientific development as required by the central government, stick to the policy of innovation and economic transformation, work hard, overcome obstacles down the road, and accelerate the realization of “four firsts” and creation of the “four centers” (of economy, finance, trade and shipping) as it strives to become a socialist, modern and international metropolis with dynamic economy, a sound legal system, prosperous culture, harmonious society, safe and ecological environment and happy people.

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The people of Shanghai are diligent, intelligent and passionate. We welcome your visits and investments here, to get a better knowledge of today, yesterday and tomorrows Shanghai.