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Shanghai: The Upper Reaches of the Sea

Shanghai is the biggest port city and one of the most important ones in China. It is bordered to the south by the Gulf of Hangzhou, to the west by the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangxu, to the north by the Changjiang River, and to the east by the Pacific Ocean. It has an area of 6,340 square kilometers, and in its urban area of 748 square kilometers, approximately 7,3 million inhabitants live. Shanghai is one of the three municipalities directly subordinated to the Central Government.

Shanghai means “the upper reaches of the sea”, and it possesses a long history that began in 770 b.C, which has leaded it to be now a modern metropolis inside the country. It is a place of great industrial, cultural, and commercial interest, in addition to represent an important communication center.

If you have time, it is recommended to travel on the Huangpu River to appreciate the city’s architecture and the beauty of one of the longest rivers in the world: the river Changjiang. Furthermore, in the city of Shanghai, you can find many famous temples, monasteries, museums and other buildings, as well as the Yuyuan Gardens, the Dingshan Lake, and various markets.

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