Check out our guide to life in Shanghai

If you’re a people person who loves city life, Shanghai is for you. It’s China’s largest city and the most populous city in the world. It’s an important transport hub, with the world’s busiest container ports located at the heart of the Yangtze River Delta and the magnetic-levitation passenger train that reaches speeds of 400km an hour. Shanghai is also the commercial and financial centre of China. It’s known for ship and auto building, steel making and other heavy industries. Tourism is also a major industry, with Shanghai home to historic buildings, great shopping and fascinating museums.

Shanghai Fast Facts

Established – 1291 CE
Population – 26,317,104


Shanghai Weather

Hottest Month            July (29 °C avg)
Coldest Month            January (4 °C avg)
Wettest Month           September (156 mm avg)
Windiest Month          March (14 km/h avg)
Annual Rainfall           536.0 mm (per year)

10 Things to See and Do in Shanghai

The Bund

Enjoy great views along this famous 1,500-meter-long historic waterside promenade. 

Yu Garden

This 5-acre classical garden features Ming dynasty pavilions, ponds, rockeries and bridges.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Head to the top of this futuristic TV tower for city views, museum and revolving restaurant.

Shop Nanjing Rd and Xintiandi

Try Nanjing Rd., 3.5 mi of shopping, dining and fun, or experience upmarket Xintiandi.

Jade Buddha Temple

Founded in 1882, this Buddhist temple is known for large, ornate jade Buddha sculptures.


You’ll adore this quaint historic neighbourhood for the arts, crafts, shops, cafes and bars.

City God Temple of Shanghai

Explore this expansive historic temple complex that honours the three city gods Shanghai.

Shanghai Disneyland Park

You are sure to love the rides and attractions in the theme park at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Wander through underwater walkways and marvel at the local and exotic marine life.


Enjoy Shanghai Museum, Science and Technology, Natural History, and China Art Museum.

Cost Of Living

Cinema 63 7.30 13.08 129.81
Water 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Beer in a bar 27 3.13 5.40 55.63
Beer in a shop 6 0.70 1.25 10.44
Coke 4 0.46 0.84 8.35
Meal at a cheap restaurant 27 3.13 5.61 55.63
Meal at an average restaurant 62 6.02 12.88 127.75
Meal at a high end restaurant 93 9.62 19.31 193.68
Gym per month 330 37.66 68.93 689.23
City bus 3 0.34 0.63 6.27
Monthly utility bills (electricity, heating, water, rubbish) 330 37.66 68.93 689.23
Loaf of bread 12 1.37 2.51 25.06

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