Welcome to China
The People’s Republic of China, or PRC, is the world’s most populous country, with a population of more than 1.35 billion. Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers, it is also the world’s second-largest country by land area. China is considered a cradle of civilization, its history beginning with one of the world’s earliest civilizations in the fertile basin of the Yellow River.
Today, the country is a member of the WTO, APEC, BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the BCIM and the G-20. It is a major regional player within Asia, a great power, and a potential superpower.
Despite the last three decades of non-stop development and urban-planning, rich glimpses of antiquity still await the visitor who takes the time to find them: just bring a tough pair of shoes discover the Great Wall, the mountains, the bamboo forests, the villages, the and the Buddhist cave statues. From the mountain lakes of Tibet, to the deserts of Inner Mongolia, to the rice terraces of the south, China’s landscapes are enchanting. It is a massive country, a spellbinding mass of dialects and climatic and topographical extremes, like several countries rolled into one.
With a population of more than 24 million in 2013, Shanghai is not only the largest Chinese city by population, but the largest in the world. It is also a global financial center and a transport hub with the world’s busiest container port.
The city offers culture-buffs numerous exciting art galleries, and nightlife options have explodedwith a vibrant music and club scene that ranges from jazz and indie venues to all-night hip-hop and electro dance parties.
Chinese shoppers constitute up to 47% of the global luxury-goods market, and Shanghai offers plenty of retail therapy – not just in the luxury brand segment: boutiques, markets, vintage shops and up-and-coming designer outlets abound, as do handicrafts like antiques, ceramics, artwork and Tibetan jewellery. If it’s on your shopping list, you’ll find it.
Unlike 30 years ago, when Shanghai’s restaurant scene was dull to say the least, today food is the hub of Chinese social life. We are certain that some of your fondest memories of the city will be culinary, so pack a sturdy pair of shoes and come hungry!