The gigantic city of Shanghai is a head-on collision of east meets west.

The coastal metropolis is China’s largest port and a shiny star of capitalism. Recognisable for its immense freeways, space-age cityscapes and hideaway temples, Shanghai owns its position on the banks of the Huangpu River with pride.

As soon as you board the futuristic Maglev train from the airport to the city, you’ll gain a sense of the fast-paced urban landscape that awaits you. The levitating train reaches speeds of over 250mph, taking you into the city in just eight minutes. Fast-paced indeed. Sprawling Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population, and the largest city proper by population in the entire world. Over 24 million people reside in this financial giant, which is the largest exporter of Chinese goods, supplying almost a third of exports from the country.

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Fast Facts
  • Time Difference GMT + 8 approx
  • Currency Chinese Yuan
  • Flight Time 11 hours 5 minutes from UK
  • Capital Beijing
  • Best time to go March to May

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