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China is suited in eastern Asia with an area of 9.6 million square kilometers and a large population of 1.3 billion. A history as long as 5000 years makes China have countless beautiful scenery and historic relics. The travel information of five of the most popular destinations are provided below and more information for these and other cities can be found at




Shanghai literally means the city by the sea. The city is divided into two parts by the Huangpu River: Puxi (west of the Huangpu River) and Pudong (east of the Huangpu River). Shanghai is the largest commercial and financial center in China and is considered by many to be the gateway to China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometers, Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million. Tourists from all over the world throng into Shanghai to see its great economic impulse, distinctive attractions as well as its blended culture of the West and the East.


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The Bund in Pudong

Pudong is the modern part, and is recognized for its rather unusual yet extremely impressive high-rises buildings such as the Shanghai International Financial Center, Jinmao Building and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

The Bund in Puxi

Puxi is the older part of the city and hosts the majority of shops, restaurants and museums.

The Yu Garden

A famous classical garden in south China, it was once famed as the “top beauty in southeast China”. First built during the Ming Dynasty, 400 years ago.

The East Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road, famed as “No. 1 Street in China”, is an epitome of Shanghai's history and culture. The 1,033-m long Pedestrian Walkway lies between the Bund and the People's Square. There are more than 600 shops on both sides of the walkway. There are not only 100-year old ones, famous brand ones but also specialty shops of different trades. At night, the whole walkway is lit up.

The Chinese Pavilion

The World Expo was held in Shanghai China in 2010 focusing on the theme “Better City, Better Life”. It attracts about 200 nations and international organisations to take part in the exhibition as well as 70 million visitors from home and abroad. Most of the buildings have been taken down except the Chinese Pavilion, Expo Axis, etc.

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Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 cycles



The precipitation in June in Shanghai is about 180 mm. The average temperature of the month is 19 to 28°C.



Chinese currency is called Renminbi (literally people's currency), often abbreviated as RMB. Issued by the People's Bank of China, it is the sole legal tender for both the Chinese nationals and foreign tourists. The unit for Renminbi is Yuan, Jiao and fen. The conversion among the three is: 1 Yuan = 10 Jiao =100 Fen.

Credit cards can be accepted at most hotels, tourist shops and some department stores.

One can change money upon arrival at the international airports of Shanghai. Also most hotels offer foreign exchange services and exchange cash and travelers cheques. The Bank of China exchanges money and travelers cheques. In China, wherever you exchange money the same day, the exchange rate is the same. Banking Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm.

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