Facts About Shanghai

I lived and worked in Shanghai for 4 years and still regard it as one of my favourite places in the world. So are are some facts about Shanghai.

Facts About Shanghai
Shanghai’s Iconic Skyline

A huge proportion of China’s population resides in Shanghai. It’s considered to be Asia’s New York City, and with so many districts, it’s only natural for the city to have an extensive metro service running each day. But before this booming city became China’s cultural and innovation hub, it started out from a humble beginning.

Keep on reading to learn 25 facts about Shanghai.

1: Shanghai is one of the four municipalities of the People’s Republic of China.

The city’s located on the southern estuary of the Yangtze River, and the Huangpu River flows through it.

2: In 2018, Shanghai’s population reached 24.2 million, making it the most populous city in China.

Consequently, it’s also the second most populated city in the world.

3: The worlds busiest container port is in Shanghai.

It’s no surprise since Shanghai is a global centre for finance, innovation, and transportation.

4: Shanghai started out as a humble fishing village and market town.

Shanghai grew in the 19th century because of its trade and favorable location. The city was one of five treaty ports that opened to foreign trade after the First Opium War.

Shanghai is a Wonderful Modern City

5: Shanghai served as a battleground between Chinese and Japanese forces.

The Battle of Shanghai was fought between the National Revolutionary Army of the Republic of China, and the Imperial Japanese Army of the Empire of Japan, at the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

6: People from around the world to visit Shanghai just for its architectural designs.

Shanghai is home to a number of past and present architectural styles including Art Deco and shikumen. The Lujiazui skyline is one of the most famous skylines in the world.

facts about shanghai
The view from the Bund

7: Shanghai hosts several major international and national events each year.

This includes the Shanghai Fashion Week, the Chinese Grand Prix, and ChinaJoy.

8: Shanghai has the most Art Deco buildings in the world.

This was a result of the city’s construction boom during the 1920s and 1930s. One of the most famous architects working in Shanghai was László Hudec, a Hungarian-Slovak who lived in the city between 1918 and 1947.

9: In March 2013, thousands of pig carcasses were found floating along the city’s Huangpu River.

A few of the pigs had ear tags, implying that the carcasses were from Jiaxing. However, local farmers adamantly denied the allegation.

Fact 10: Shanghai is known for its sweet cuisine.

In fact, the city consumes more sugar than any other part of the country.

I found Ikea near Jing’an Temple – Time for coffee and cake!

More Amazing Facts about Shanghai

11: In 1986, the White Magnolia became Shanghai’s official city flower.

White Magnolias are among the few flowers that bloom in Shanghai during the spring.

12: Between 1937- 1939, around 20,000 Jews flocked to Shanghai to escape the WW2 German concentration camps.

10% of the Jewish immigrants moved on to Australia, Palestine, and the Americas, while the rest of them stayed in Shanghai.

13: Fuyou Lu Mosque is Shanghai’s largest and most active mosque.

It currently has two separate prayer halls for its male and female devotees.

14: In 1908 the Shanghai South Railway Station, which was formerly the New Longhua Station, was constructed.

a simple quiz about shanghai

What do you know about Shanghai?

Shanghai is one of the most famous cities in the world, just ask Madonna! What do you know about Shanghai? This is a simple 10 question quiz about Shanghai. Good luck!

1 / 10

How many subway lines does Shanghai have? (2021)

2 / 10

The Shanghai World Expo was held in which year?

3 / 10

What is the shape of the overall highway (road) system in Shanghai?

4 / 10

Which of the following areas is the best location to view the World Financial Center and the Pearl Tower?

5 / 10

What are the two regions of Shanghai called?

6 / 10

How many floors does the Jinmao Tower have? (Hint: It's a lucky number in China)

7 / 10

Which of the following is a tourist attraction in Shanghai?

8 / 10

Lujiazui is what district of Shanghai?

9 / 10

How many commercial airports does Shanghai have?

10 / 10

What is the name of the river in Shanghai?

Your score is

The average score is 100%


The station underwent an extensive renovation in 2006, giving the station a modern circular look, making it the world’s very first round station.

15: The Shanghai Club has a 111-foot long bar.

Back in 1910, it was the world’s longest bar, and gaining entry to the bar itself was considered to be a social triumph.

Shanghai’s Skyline is Famous Around the World

16: The city’s name, “Shanghai” means “on the sea”.

The name is a little odd as Shanghai is in fact at the mouth of the Huangpu River and not that close to the sea.

17: With a population of 24 million, Shanghai’s population alone is 5x greater than that of New Zealand.

Just shy of 4.8 million people lived in New Zealand in 2017.

18: Hundreds of Shanghai parents flock to the People’s Square Marriage Market during weekends to find their children suitable partners.

Parents of unmarried adults flock to the park every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. to trade information about their children.

19: KFC is an extremely popular fast food restaurant in Shanghai.

It’s an American fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken. It’s also the world’s second-largest restaurant chain after McDonald’s.

20: Whenever I wanted something I would just order it. Delivery is almost always included in the price and you can order ANYTHING!

Whether its pizza, fast food, groceries, chips, and even soda, you really don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.

21: Shanghai locals prefer to drink their beverages warm or at room temperature.

I do love Shanghai

That includes water and beer, so if you want your drinks served cold, you’ll have to tell the servers beforehand.

22: Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport resembles a seagull.

French architect Paul Andreu designed the airport.

Shanghai has a mix of Everything!

23: Standing at 632 meters tall, the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in the city.

In fact, it’s the tallest skyscraper in China.

24: Chinese locals, particularly those in Shanghai, consider hairy crabs, or the Chinese mitten crabs, their delicacy.

For two months each year, vendors and restaurants bring out a beloved local delicacy widely enjoyed in the country. Having hairy crabs with sherry wine is the best choice for a late supper.

25: You can visit Shanghai for 144 hours without a visa.

This is the equivalent of 6 days.

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