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    Shanghai, China's largest city, has a status equivalent to a province, and reports directly to the central government. The city is located on the East China coast just to the south of the mouth of the Yantze River and has Jiangsu province to the north and Zhejiang to the south, and includes the third largest island in Greater China - Chongming Island.

    Today, Shanghai is one of China's biggest and busiest port, most important industrial and commercial center. The entire administrative area of the city, including surrounding suburbs, townships and farmland, covers a total area of 2,383 square miles (6,185 aquare km).

    Its population is 12 million, with a population density of 41,000 per square km. Its industrial products rank the best in quatlity in China. It has one of China's 2 stock exchange markets. Its residents are known for their business talents, quick wit and sophistication. Its fashions and standards of products and services are more international than other Chinese cities. Its shopping is the best in China. It is so-called "the dragon head" of East China, this leading force has driven Shanghai's economy forward.

    The best times to visit Shanghai are in spring or autumn. The city has a subtropical maritime monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons. Generally, the warm spring and cool autumn are the more comfortable seasons. While summer and winter are far less pleasant. Overall, Shanghai enjoys a mild and moist climate.

    Shanghai's temperature is the highest in July and August. For ten days or so in these two months, the temperature can reach 35 degrees centigrade. The coldest period is from the end of January to early February - usually during the Chinese Spring Festival. This awfully cold period will last for about three days but it seldom snows, in fact there has been none for years. From March to May, the conditions are pleasant so this is the best season for traveling. One thing to mention is what is called the Mei-Yu Season which in English is the 'Plum Rain Season'.

    This lasts for about a month commencing in early summer when the plums ripen along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. During this period from mid-June to early July it is difficult to tell whether it will be wet or dry and the rainfall will often equal twenty-five per cent of the city's annual total! From late August and through the first twenty days of September, typhoons can bring heavy rain in their wake. These periods are best avoided by the traveler but should you decide to visit be sure to bring an umbrella. Of course, the umbrella can also be used as a protection from the strong ultraviolet radiation on the sunny days. Generally you will need a light coat and sweater in spring and long and short sleeved shirts in summer. In autumn, long-sleeved shirts, sweater and coat are necessary, while sweater and overcoat are appropriate in winter.

    Sunrise in Shanghai's winter is 6:49 and sunset 16:57 In summer sunrise at 4:50, sunset at 19:01
    Tipping used to be very rare in China but now, no doubt through Western influence, the idea is catching on. In restaurants, a 3% tip is standard, and bellboys and room service staff expect roughly USD 1.00 or USD 2.00. You can tip in American dollars as hard currency is always appreciated.
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    Emergency Number
    Tourist Hotline: 5261179
    Ambulance: 120 , 7213460
    Emergencies: 110 (foreigner's section 552729)
    Fire: 119
    Tel No. Enquiry: 114
    Police: 110
    Foreign Affairs Office of Police: 7216795
    Useful Emergency Phone No.
    International assistance - 115
    Fire brigade - 119
    Police - 110
    Useful Telephone Numbers:
    Area code: 021
    Tourist Hotline: 6252-0000
    Emergency Center: 6324-4010
    Tourist Complaints: 6439-3615
    Port Passenger Station: 6326-1261
    People's No.1 Hospital: 6324-0100
    Shanghai Railway Station: 6317-9090
    Shanghai Hongqiao Airport: 6268-3659
    Shanghai Branch, Bank of China: 7329-1979
    Shanghai East Airlines Air Ticket Reservations: 6247-2255

    In China people will always use your last name first. If you are invited to somebody's house for a meal, it is polite to arrive with an offering for your hosts such as chocolates or fruit. If you really want to impress, take something special from your home country, although such items as key rings embossed with your company logo will not be well received. When invited out, it is considered good manners to arrive slightly early. If you are hosting, then try to arrive even earlier - about half an hour or so.
    Shanghai has a little bit of everything, depending on where you spend your time. Culturally, you can retreat to the comforts of home, or you can venture out and experience the local life. High end places in the city like West Nanjing Road, Xintiandi, and Hengshan Road are places filled with people in high fashion going to high end stores like Versace, Tiffany’s, Chanel, and a huge Sony gallery. Other parts of the city show much more of a mixture of class and dress, but with a tendency towards cosmopolitan hipness not found in other parts of China.

    Shanghai has a culture of activeness, a busy city where aside from the daily commute to and from work, people make the time to run to the fresh market for daily groceries, walk around the city and maybe do a little shopping, and even take part in early morning exercises in parks and other pedestrian areas. There are also dance and exercise groups in the evenings, most notably in People’s Square, in front of YuYuan Garden, and also at Zhongshan Park.

    There is a professional sports scene in the city, and Shanghai is renowned for its Chinese Basketball Association team, the Shanghai Sharks. The team made international news when the player Yao Ming was picked up for the NBA’s Rockets. Shanghai has hosted international tennis tournaments, and also has a professional soccer team.

    People in Shanghai value good food, and have a taste for the exotic, so many foods can be found like Brazilian barbeques, Hong Kong specialties, Japanese cuisine, and even specialties from Turkey. This is in addition to restaurants with all Chinese cuisines. Try to venture beyond the typical outlets for foreigners, and be sure to ask about the cuisine. Of particular note are Hot Pot restaurants, where the broth is cooked at your table and you add the foods you’d like to eat to the broth. Other Shanghai specialties include pork dumplings filled with meat and a soup broth called Xiao Long Bao.

    Performing arts can be found all over the city, especially at the Shanghai Center, located in the Ritz Carlton complex, and the Grand Theater, which is found in People’s Square. Performances range from plays, operas, touring international musicals, to concerts from international superstars. Chinese opera and acrobatic shows are also featured in the city, and cinema complexes are found all over the city. Shanghai strongly values education and competition, and on weekends it is common to see contests on tv and around shopping centers in the city. Competition can range from English speaking contests to music competitions or modeling competitions. The people in Shanghai are in a race to get ahead, to make more money and give their children a better education.

    It’s important to keep in mind that there is not as much customer service sense in China, so be patient. This is changing, and the level of service that you see in Starbucks and other foreign companies is showing up in local establishments.

    In this financially minded city, a final value to reflect on is the bargain. People value bargains, and also value the fine art of bartering. It is important to get a sense of where you can bargain. While some places like department stores do not allow bargaining, street stalls, small boutiques, and large stores that rent out counters often do allow bargaining. It doesn’t hurt to try, and it is a safe bet that if the person is trying to talk you into looking at their wares that you can bargain with them
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