Shanghai is a fascinating metropolis for tourists from both home and abroad. At the sight of the bustling Huangpu river and the magnificent Suzhou Creek, You will soon have a series of fantastic reveries.
Bordering Jiangsu Province on the west,Shanghai is washed by the East China Sea on the east and Hangzhou Bay on the south.North of the city,the Yangtze River pours into the East China Sea.It also assumes the central location along China's coastal line.Owing to its advantageous geographic location and easy access to a vast hinterl,Shanghai has now become an excellent sea and river port.
Since the beginning of China's reform and opening to the world 30 years ago,Shanghai has continuously expanded its degree of opening and deepened its reform.Great changes have taken place in the construction of all the areas in the city.Shanghai is exploring a way of development for an especially large city and is making efforts to march forwar towards the goal of building Shanghai into an international center of economy,finance,trade and transportation.The Shanghai Expo to be held in 2010 will certainly be another important opportunity in the history of city development and will help Shanghai to realize a leap-over-type development.Just like white magnolia,the symbol flower of the city,in full bloom,Shanghai is full of life and vitality,and,at the same time,just as a pacemaker,it strides forward day and night in high spirits.
The scenic spots in Shanghai are really too many for the eyes to take in.Built in different periods of time and in various architectural styles of the world,the grand complex of high-rise buildings on either bank of Huangpu River is reputed as "the International Fair of World Architecture".On the eastern bank of the river,there are rows upon rows of high-rise structures dominating the skyline,including Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower,the 88-storey Shanghai Jinmao Tower and the 492-meter-high Shanghai World Financial Center.Standing on the observation deck,you will have a superb panoramic view of Shanghai's spectacular development over the previous years.At the core part of this world-famous metropolis,there are many attractive scenic sponts,such as the People's Square,the Shanghai Museum,the Municipal Exhibition Hall of Shanghai Urban Construction and Shanghai Grand Theatre,all of which integrate the modern scent,Chinese culture and Shanghai local culture into one body.
As early as in 1954,Shanghai began to enroll international students,Since 1990s,the number of international students has been maintaining a high growth rate.For example,in 1997,Shanghai enrolled 5,097 international students from 101 countries.In 2007,the number of the international students in the universities in Shanghai reached 34,886,who came from more the 160 countries.Among them nearly 9,000 are degree students.Shanghai has always been conscientious in education of the international students and regarding this work as an important way of promotion scientific and cultural exchanges and strengthening mutual support and cooperation with different countries as well as cultivating personnel for developing national economy and culture for the dispatching countries.To enrich the international students' extracurricular life,all the universities have organized various activities,such as recreations and sports contests,travels and excursions,learning practices,ect,all of which are warmly welcomed by the international students.
Studying in Shanghai will bring you a great enjoyment as well as refreshing excitement.
Shanghai is situated at 31 14' north latitude and 121 29' east longitude. Bordering on Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces on the west, Shanghai is washed by the East China Sea on the east and Hangzhou Bay on the south. North of the city, the Yangtze River pours into the East China Sea. It also assumes the central location along China’s coastal line. Thanks to its advantageous geographic location, Shanghai has become an excellent sea and river port, boasting easy accesses to a vast hinterland.
With a pleasant northern subtropical maritime monsoon climate, Shanghai enjoys four distinct seasons, generous sunshine and abundant rainfall. Its spring and autumn are relatively short compared with the summer and winter. In 2008, the average annual temperature was 17.5 degrees Celsius. The city had a total sunshine time of 1,534.7 hours in 2008 and received a total rainfall of 1,512.8 millimeters. About 70% of the precipitation came during the May-September flood season.
Due to the constant inflow of people from other parts of the country, the population in Shanghai keeps growing. When Shanghai was turned into a city, it had a population of less than 100,000. By the time Shanghai was liberated in 1949, the figure rose to 5.2 million. By the end of 2008, however, the city’s permanent residents had grown to 13.9104 million, or 1% of China’s population. The population of long-term residents reached 18.8846 million, including 5.1742 million from other parts of the country. On average, the city had 2,978 long-term residents per square kilometer of land.
Education Level of Population
According to the sample survey of the 1% of the city’s population in 2005, 18.1% of the city’s permanent population aged six and above had received education at college level and above, 6.7 percentage points more than in 2000 when the fifth national census was conducted. Those with senior high school education accounted for 24.8% of the local population, up 1 percentage point while residents with primary and junior middle school education accountedfor 51.6%, a drop of 6.3 percentage points. In 2008, 99.99 percent of school-age children attended the nine-year obligatory education, 97 percent of junior middle school gradu-ates entered senior high schools, and 83.8 percent of gradu-ates of senior high school enrolled into colleges.
Shanghai is one of China’s major tourist cities. In 2008, the added value of the city’s tourist sector reached 95.85 billion yuan, up 7.1% over the previous year. The tourism services also improved further. By the end of 2008, the city had 310 star-rated hotels, included 37 five-star hotels. The city had 901 travel agencies, including 55 international agencies. The city had 24 A-level tourist sites. The city had 27 tourism service centers and five tourist dispatch centers. The city received 6.4037 million international tourists, bringing in US$ 5.027 billion worth of foreign exchanges, and 110.0527 million domestic tourists, earning 161.241 billion yuan.
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