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History of Shanghai

Shanghai began to take shape during the Songze Culture, approximately 5,000 years ago. The area experience many vicissitudes during the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States periods, and it changed hands many times. It was first officially named as Shanghai during the Song Dynasty, when it began to rise as a ...Read more>>

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Shanghai Transport - Introduction HOT

Shanghai is a busy regional transport hub, and is thus very easily reachable by air, land and sea. Its two international airports of Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) are modern and convenient. Pudong International ...... Read More>>

Shanghai Business Guide - Economic Overview HOT

Vital Statistics (2006) GDP: RMB1.03 trillion GDP per Capita: RMB 57,310 Economic Growth Rate: 12% Population: 10.25 million (urban) - 3.43 million (rural) FDI: US$7.12 billion Annual Average Wage: RMB24, 398 Government Effectiveness Rating: 26th 2006 Chinese Cities Competitive Rating: 3rd? Economic Overview What more can be said of perennial ... ...Read More>>

Business Links

◎ Shanghai Foreign Investment Promotion Center http://www.fid.org.cn/en/r/index.php ◎ Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shanghai http://www.cpitsh.org/ccpit/en/index1.asp ◎ Shanghai Foreign Affairs Network http://www.shfao.gov.cn/wsb/node111/index.html ◎ Shanghai Foreign Trade Network http://www.safete.org.cn/news/en/default.as... ...Read More>>

Office Leasing

Commercial Real Estate Overview Over the past few years the average leasing costs for Class A office buildings in Shanghai have risen by 15% year on year. In 2005, a survey showed that the average lease in Shanghai was US$0.84/sq.m./day, the average lease in the Xiaolujiazui area, Pudong, exceeded US$1/sq.m./day and the average lease along the ... ...Read More>>

Strategic Industries

Shanghai has already developed a comprehensive industrial structure and is currently furthering the development of its six pillar industries, two primary resource industries, four high-growth industries, as well as three urban industries. The six pillar industries are IT, finance, trade, the automotive sector, equipment manufacturing, and real ... ...Read More>>

Foreign Trade & Foreign Direct HOT

.this_tab td{padding:3px;} Shanghai's foreign-invested enterprises have by and large been encouraged by their own results in China and many continue to re-invest and make additional investments to improve their stakes and expand according to the country's vast market potential, its availability of a talented labor pool and favorable production ... ...Read More>>

Business Environment

Geographical Advantages Shanghai covers a total area of 6,340 square kilometers and is centrally located along China's prosperous eastern coastline at the mouth of the Yangtze River Delta, with Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces to the west, the East China Sea to the east and Hangzhou Bay to the south. North of the city, the Yangtze River pours into ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Government

.this_tab td{padding:3px;} Mayor Mayor: Han Zheng Municipal? Departments • Shanghai Municipal People's Government Add: 200 Renmin Dadao, Shanghai Tel: 021-63582606 • Shanghai Municipal Development and Reform Commission Add: 200 Renmin Dadao, Shanghai Tel: 021-63584458 • Shanghai Economic Commission Add: Room 911, 200 Renmin ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Post &Telecommunications

In 2006, post and telecommunications revenue was 55.5 billion RMB, with the volume of postal revenue reaching 4.4 billion RMB, up 13.2% from the previous year and the volume of telecommunications revenue reaching 51.1 billion RMB, up 36.2% from the previous year. ...Read More>>

Investment Procedure

1. Simplified Examination and Approval Procedures The Shanghai Municipal Government has implemented a new policy to simplify the examination and approval process for foreign investment, where the project proposal, feasibility report, contract and corporate constitution compliance examinations have been combined into a single examination ... ...Read More>>

Preferential Policy

Local Tax Preferential Policy 1. Corporate Income Tax Foreign invested enterprises (Sino-foreign equity joint ventures, Sino-foreign contractual joint ventures and wholly foreign-owned enterprises) as well as foreign enterprises which have established organizations on the mainland and are engaged in commercial activities are subject to ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Transportation

Roads By the end of 2006, the city road network in Shanghai included over 11,825 kilometers of roadbed with expressways adding another 581 kilometers. The total length of roads in Shanghai's core urban area is 4227 km. Over 485 km of highway connect Shanghai with Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province. The central core area has 4 bridges across ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Public Utilities

According to the Report on Chinese Cities Competitiveness issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2007, Shanghai has the best infrastructure in the country. The city's household daily tap water supply capacity is 1.4 million tons. In 2006, a total of 99 billion KWH of electricity was supplied throughout the city, an increase of 7.4% ... ...Read More>>

Labor force

Human Resource Overview In 2006, there were 466,300 students studying in Shanghai's 60 universities or colleges with 110,500 graduates, 73,800 students at Shanghai's vocational schools with 28,400 graduates and 137,000 students at intermediate schools with 35,200 graduates. In addition, there are also 827 vocational training organizations, ... ...Read More>>

Planning & Development

Strategic Planning and Development Shanghai will give priority to the development of its service industries and the advanced manufacturing sector. The city's goal is to become one of the world's most important economic, finance, trade and transportation centers and a modern international metropolis by 2020. The Shanghai Municipal Government is ... ...Read More>>

Development Zones

Shanghai Hongqiao Development Zone The Shanghai Hongqiao Development Zone is one of China's exclusive newly developed commercial and business areas and features abundant space for exhibitions, offices, residences, the hospitality industry and shopping. Located in the west of the city's urban area, east of Zho ng Shan Road, west of Gu Bei Road, ... ...Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 1.9195 trillion (2011) • Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 36,230 (2011) • Economic Growth Rate: 8.2% (2011) • Resident Population: 23.02 million (2010) • Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 99.9 (2010) • Enrollment Rate for High School ... ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Shanghai is located in the Yangtze River Delta at approximately 31°41' north latitude and 121°29' east longitude. The East China Sea lies to the east of Shanghai, and Hangzhou Bay to the south. The city enjoys a pleasant northern subtropical maritime monsoon climate, and has four distinct seasons. Seasons between summer and winter are ... ...Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

Shanghai covers a total area of 6,340.5 square kilometers, of which the city proper occupies an area of 3925 square kilometers. In 2009, Nanhui District was merged into Pudong New Area. On June, 8th, 2011, another administrative division adjustment was made in Shanghai. Luwan District and Huanpu District were merged into today's Huangpu ... ...Read More>>

Shanghai Snacks HOT

Nanxiang Steamed Stuffed Buns(Nanxiang Xiaolongbao) 南翔小笼包 Xie Ke Huang 蟹壳黄 Fried Stuffed Buns (Sheng Jian Bao) 生煎包 Steak with Rice Cake (Paigu Niangao) 排骨年糕 Vegetable stuffed buns (Su Cai Bao) 素菜包 Gaoqiao Muffin (Gaoqiao Songbing) ...... Read More>>

Shanghai Transport -Taxis HOT

Shanghai has a fleet of at least 50,000 taxis. Visitors are advised that meter rates are significantly higher than those in other cities. The starting fare for Shanghai taxis is 14 Yuan (for the first 3 km, including a fuel surcharge of 1 RMB). After 3 km, passengers are charged 2.4 Yuan per km. Rides over 10 km are subject to a 50% added charge ... ...Read More>>

Shanghai Nightlife HOT

Shanghai is well known for its vibrant nightlife, catering to all tastes - from elegant bars to crowded discos, from rock clubs to laid back cafes. Whether you want to cut loose or just relax, Shanghai after dark is something you simply have to experience. ...... Read More>>

Brief Intro to Shanghai Dining HOT

Shanghai is less celebrated for its own cuisine, than as a place where all the great cuisines of China meet and merge into one another, creating a kaleidoscopic garden of delights for the gourmet diner. Influenced by Beijing, Yangzhou, Guangdong and Sichuan ...... Read More>>

Shanghai Transport - Boat HOT

The Port of Shanghai mainly functions as a cargo port these days, but it still serves some passenger routes. Daily routes include Shengsi Island (Zhejiang Province), Changxing Island, Chongming Island and Hengsha Island. Visitors traveling to Chengshi Island should go to Luchao Port. Passengers are advised to phone ahead, as weather frequently ... ...Read More>>

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