1. Shopping paradise
Shanghai has more commercial goods than anywhere in China outside of Hong Kong, making it one of the top shopping centers of Asia. Shopaholics especially love to explore the markets of Nanjing Road, the city’s busiest and most popular shopping area, with its various local goods, cheap rates, and awesome sales. If you prefer more high-end stuff, the west end part of Nanjing Road as well as other commercial centers in the city can give you just that.
2. Glittering city
Shanghai at night is one sight to behold. Rivaling the glitz of Western capitals like Paris and New York, the city at night is breathtakingly incredible with all the bright and colorful lights and structures, not to mention the fancy, larger than life Chinese characters sparkling about. Every night in the city gives you the chance to watch it slowly light up into one of the most vivid destinations in the world.
3. Solar Eclipse 2009
A historic act of nature in the form of a total solar eclipse happened on July 22, 2009, and one of the lucky cities to witness and celebrate it was Shanghai. After all, this eclipse is only the longest total solar eclipse in over a century. The path of the moon’s shadow began in India and crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh and China.
4. Venues come and go.
If there’s anything constant about Shanghai, it’s that it’s constantly changing. Businesses are often closing, opening, and moving. Make sure you’re updated with your targeted destinations and establishments by checking online and asking information from your hotel.
5. Sweet tooth
People in Shanghai favor the sweet and this is obvious in the dishes they prepare. It is said that more sugar is used in Shanghai than in any other part of China. Sweets lovers will no doubt love the city’s gastronomic treats.
6. World Expo 2010
Dubbed as the “major event of the decade”, the World Expo 2010 will happen in no less than the city of Shanghai. Themed “Better City, Better Life”, this exciting world fair will be held on May 1 to October 31, 2010 and is expected to receive over 70 million visitors – the largest number of visitors in the history of world fairs. Shanghai was chosen to host this huge event because of the city’s reform into one of the world’s major economic and cultural centers, particularly in the East. Since winning the bid, Shanghai has been busy preparing for the prestigious fair.
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