Shanghai is literally named as “a port on the sea”and the name “Shanghai ”came into use during the xianchun period of the Southern Song Dynasty (1265-1274). For historical reasons ,this city has acquired two additional names for short ,”Hu ”and ”Shen ”.
3. Shanghai occupies a soil deposit plain land of 6340 square kilometers ,0.06% of China’s total territory ,with an average altitude of 4 meters above sea level,the 103.4-meter Dajinshan being the summit of this land . About 20 million people register as the city’s permanent residents .
Shanghai is one of the world’s largest seaports among China’s biggest
industrial , commercial ,financial and shipping centers
6. Here you will see the world’s fastest means of land transportation ,the maglev train ,and the tallest towerin Asia ,the Oriental Pearl Tower ,making metaphorically the speed and height of Shanghai .
With its deepening economic reform, this city, formerly crowned as the
financial, economic and trade hub of the Far East, is playing a leading role in
boosting economic development in the Yangtze River Delta .
Meanwhile, Shanghai has attracted millions of Chinese and overseas tourists with its unique charm.
As an international metropolis, Shanghai provides direct flights to more than 60 cities in the world .
Known to the world as Oriental Pearl ,Shanghai is China’s major Eastern
gate to the outside world.
As early as in the Tang and Song Dynasties, Shanghai functioned as a foreign
trade port in east China and had mercantile ties with Japan,Korea and all
the Southeast Asia.
During the reigns of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796)and Emperor Jiaqing
(1796-1821)of the Qing Dynasty, Shanghai turned into a navigation hub and metropolis in southeast China, which attracted numerous merchants
and countless ships to the Huangpu River. What a spectacle of prosperity during that period!
In the 1950’s, Shanghai replaced Guangzhou as China’s foreign trade
center and has remained so ever since.
Today, this well-known international port has developed into China’s
important center of economy, finance, trade, science and technology,
information and culture.
Today，this well-known international port has developed into China ‘s important center of ceonomy 、finance、 trade 、shipping、 science and technology ，information and culture .
The last few years have seen a rapid upgrading of Shanghai ‘s industrial sector as a whole ,led by Pudong ,which is best captured by the emergence of 6 pillar industries :the automaking industry ,the electronics–information industry ,the steel-making industry ,the petrochemical and fine chemical industry ,thr home electrical appliances and the bioengineering and pharmaceutical indusrty .
Rejuvenating the city by relying on science and education ,invigorating the city by relying on talents and striving to build a cluster of modern ,world-class sevice industries ---these have not only become the consensus of the Shanghai people ,but also turned from rhetoric to action .
One of the noted historic and cultural cities in China, Shanghai has over 70
sites of historical interest and cultural relics under the protection of the state and municipal governments, which best represent the distinctive characteristics of Shanghai regional culture.
Shanghai is the a cherished paradise for gourmets, who may find themselves
frequenting the many thousands of restaurants that serve a complete list of
China’s major well-known cuisines, such as Shandong, Sichuan, Cantonese,
Yangzhou, Fujian traditions, to name just a few.
In addition, you may easily find your way to those competing foreign food
restaurants featuring French, Russian, Italian, British, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Indian cuisines.
On top of that, authentic Muslim and vegetarian foods may very well satisfy
the palate of those religious enthusiasts and interested individuals.
Known as the “Exhibition of the world’s Architecture”, Shanghai has a
complete collection of buildings with different architectural styles along the
Bund and elsewhere in the city.
The century Park ,Shanghai Science & Technology Museum ,the Jinmao Building ,the Shanghai World Trade Center ,the International Convention Center and the Oriental Pearl in Pudong ,flanked by the magnificent Nanpu
and Yangpu bridges, which are connected by the city’s elevated inner
beltway,the Shanghai Museum ,Shanghai great theater and Shanghai urban planning exhibition center standing on the people’s square –all these brings the city of Shanghai a new-brand look.
Shanghai is also a tourist destination that boasts quite a few tourist
attractions and holiday resorts, including Sheshan State Holiday Resort,
Dianshan Lake Scenie Area, the Sun Island Holiday Resort, the World Garden, the Dreamland and Wildlife Zoo.
Every year Shanghai hosts a variety of tourist festivals, such as the New
Year’s Greeting BellToll at the Longhua Temple on the eve of the Chinese
New Year, the Longhua Temple Fair, the Peach Blossom Fesitival in Nanhui
County and the International Teal Culture Festival in spring, Shanghai
Huangpu Tourist Festival in autumn and Shanghai Sweet Osmanthus Festival
Recent years have witnessed the mushrooming of many new international festivals in Shanghai ,such as Shanghai world expo ,Shanghai international film festival , Shanghai international art festival Shanghai international costume festival, Shanghai international beer festival ,Shanghai international music and firework festival. These fascinating festivals with distinctive Shanghai regional
Culture have attracted numerous participating tourists from both home and abroad,especially the most recent successful ,splendid ,and unforgettable and the most extensively participated Shanghai world expo .
The rise of Pudong New Area in recent years, a new development project which is located on the east side of the city’s Huangpu River, has pushed Shanghai onto the stage on which it is playing a pioneering role in China’s national program of reform and opening to the outside world.
Shanghai culture is the result of combining the cultures of the south and the north and melting the cultures of the east and weat . the sea admits hundreds of rivers for its capacity to hold .Shanghai ‘s great tolerance originated from its history of sufficient opening-up. The rapid rise of Shanghai owes so much to China ‘s reform and opening to the outside world .
In its historical developmemt ,Shanghai became a small town in the song Dynasty ,a country in the yuan Dynasty .a walled city in the ming Dynasty .Shanghai is by no means a shining star among the numerous bright stars of China ‘s famous ancient cities ,comparable with no distant cities like Xian ,Kaifeng and Luoyang ,nor with the near cities like Nanjing ,Suzhou and Hangzhou .shanghai accelerated its developmemt at an unusual speed after it was open to the outside world .Shanghai has started a new round of rapid developmemt since China initiated its reform and opening drive ,particularly since the early 1990s . the city is changing and taking on a new look with each passing day ,ptrssing ahead along the road of building itself into a modernized international metropolis ,with remakable achievements recognized by the whole world . ”visit Xian ‘s and you will China ‘s history of 2000 years ;visit Beijing and you will know China ‘s history of of 500 years ,visit Shanghai you will know China ‘s history of 100 years .”Shanghai has become the symbol of modern Chinese cities .
History has favored but also wronged the city of Shanghai .history now entrust Shanghai with a rare opportunity of development .”on your speed galloping ,and on my road pioneering.”
Shanghai people of the 21st century are not only bright ,but also smart and above all ,wise people with broad vision and great courage ,possessing the quality of world citizens . devoted to their jobs ,keen on acquiring new knowledge ,shanghai people aspire to live a better life ;they are striving to build this city into a strong ,prosperous and harmonious city ,a metropolis that is characteristically modern ,international and fashionable .
Aristotle ,the philosopher of ancient Greece ,once said ,”men come together in cities in order to live ;they remain together in cities in order to live a good life .”yes ,”better city ,better life !” the post-world-expo Shanghai will inevitably assume the role of an international economic ,financial ,trade and shipping center .The world focuses its attention on China and in particular,
on Shanghai. one of the most promising cities on the planet of the earth,
cordially welcomes friends from all over the world.
Welcome to Shanghai, Dr. and Mrs. Hill. Please allow me to introduce
myself. My name is Jianxin Hong. I’m deputy managing director of the
Sino-American Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. It’s a great honor to have you here
with us. And I’m so delighted to make your acquaintance. We’ll go there
and pick up the luggage.
I’ve long heard of you and as a matter of fact, I referred to your research findings in a couple of my papers during my graduate studies. It gives me
such a great pleasure to meet you and your family here in Shanghai and I’m very glad that you will be working with us for the next six months. We’ll provide you with two lab assistants and if necessary, we’d like to invite one of your associates to join us.
If you don’t mind, we’d like to accommodate you (put you up) at the
Holiday Inn, which is located in the downtown area, a thirty-minute drive from our lab. The company will pay for the hotel rooms.
Our guesthouse, a small family-style apartment building, is also available to
you if you decide to move out of the hotel. The guesthouse is located
in Zhangjiang High-tech Park of Pudong on the other side of the Huangpu
River, a beautiful and peaceful environment that has never failed to attract
In any case, I hope you and your family will enjoy your stay in this city. We’ll do everything we can to accommodate you and make you comfortable. If you should encounter any inconveniences in your life and work, do not
hesitate to let me know and I’ll be very glad to help you out.
Our managing director will host a reception banquet in your honor tonight, and we would like you and your family to come to the dinner this evening to meet our managing director.
I’ll see you again then.