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Place Shanghai

Shanghai (Chinese: 上海, Shanghainese pronunciation [zɑ̃̀.hɛ́] , Standard Mandarin pronunciation: [ʂâŋ.xài] ) is one of the four direct-administered municipalities of the People’s Republic of China. The city is located on the southern estuary of the Yangtze River, with the Huangpu River flowing through it. With a population of 24.87 million as of 2020, it is the most populous urban area in China, the most populous city proper in the world and the only city in East Asia with a GDP greater than its corresponding capital. Shanghai is a global center for finance, business and economics, research, education, science and technology, manufacturing, tourism, culture and transportation, and the Port of Shanghai is the world’s busiest container port.
Originally a fishing village and market town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to both domestic and foreign trade and its favorable port location. The city was one of five treaty ports forced to open to European trade after the First Opium War. The Shanghai International Settlement and the French Concession were subsequently established. The city then flourished, becoming a primary commercial and financial hub of Asia in the 1930s. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the city was the site of the major Battle of Shanghai. After the war, with the communists takeover of the mainland in 1949, trade was limited to other socialist countries and the city’s global influence declined.

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Atlas Obscura 2017
1.46km
A Gallery of Chinese Hand-Printed Blue Nankeen

A small exhibit and shop dedicated to an ancient style of Chinese textile.

Atlas Obscura 2019
6.79km
A.P. Xinyang Market

Discover A.P. Xinyang Market in Pudong Xinqu, China: A labyrinth of clothing, electronics, and other counterfeit items.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.71km
Dr Sun Yat-sen’s Former Residence

Discover Dr Sun Yat-sen’s Former Residence in Shanghai, China: The birthplace of modern China.

Atlas Obscura 2018
4.29km
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

Discover Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in Shanghai, China: A wall within the institution displays the names of 13,000 Jews who took refuge in the city during World War II.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.15km
Birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party

Discover Site of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai, China: The powerful party began with a secret meeting in this shikumen in 1921.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.83km
Peace Hotel Jazz Bar

Discover Peace Hotel Jazz Bar in Shanghai, China: This bar is home to what's likely the oldest living jazz band in the world.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.89km
Zhou Enlai’s Former Residence

Discover Zhou Enlai's Former Residence in Shanghai, China: The home where the first Premier of the People's Republic of China worked and lived.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.59km
Fazangjiang Temple

Discover Fazangjiang Temple in Shanghai, China: This under-visited temple is nestled within one of Shanghai's traditional shikumen-style residential blocks.

Brutalism
3.21km
Slaughterhouse
Atlas Obscura 2021
1.99km
Confucian Temple of Shanghai

Discover Confucian Temple of Shanghai in Shanghai, China: A prestigious learning institute of old Shanghai.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.22km
1930 Folk Street

Discover 1930 Folk Street in Shanghai, China: This tunnel looks like a sliver of Shanghai that's stuck in the past.

Audio Guide 2019
1.32km
Audio Guide
Free Introductory Yu Garden Audio Guide
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