Shanghai, Hu for short, also known as Shen, is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. The city has a status equivalent to a province and reports directly to the central government. Serving as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, one of the most important seaports and China's largest commercial and financial centre, Shanghai draws the attention of the whole world.

  • Shanghai was once a fishing village known as Hudu. The name was derived from a wooden fish trap once used by locals.
  • Between 1937 and 1939 approximately 20 000 Jews travelled to Shanghai fleeing from the Nazis.
  • The oldest mosque in Shanghai was built in 1868. It is known as Fuyou Lu Mosque.
  • The Waibaidu Bridge which was originally built in 1856. It is also known as ‘Foreigners Crossing’. It received its name because the original bridge charged Chinese locals a toll to cross while letting foreigners cross for free.
  • The Shanghai marriage market happens in People’s Park every weekend. Hundreds of Shanghainese parents arrive with the resumes of their unwed children in an attempt to mingle and find the one.
  • Shanghainese is a dialect of Wu which is an ancient branch of Chinese. It’s quite common that many Mandarin speakers from other parts of China cannot really understand other Shanghainese people.


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