Shanghai is a modern and cosmopolitan Chinese city with a historical heart. This bustling metropolis has many amazing attractions which combine to make this a great alternative to cities like Beijing to study abroad in China and learning Chinese.
The bustling metropolis of Shanghai has plenty to attract a language travel student with its contrast of historical and modern, beautiful gardens, and vast shopping opportunities. This is one of the best places in the world to immerse yourself and study Chinese abroad with so many around you to try out your skills on!
Shanghai is situated in the east of China and is centrally located on the eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River. The city has long been an important port and centre for trade and is only more recently developing into a popular tourist and language travel destination, as an alternative for cities like Beijing. Shanghai is the largest city in China, in terms of population, and has one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with over 20 million people.
The Bund is one of Shanghai’s most famous and popular tourist destinations. Meaning ‘the embankment’, the Bund features some spectacular buildings and architecture and is a great place to walk and enjoy the views across the river to Pudong. Pudong itself is the modern heart of the city with its skyscrapers, the most prominent of all being the Oriental Pearl Tower. This striking tower has a whopping 15 observation levels and includes restaurants, a shopping mall and hotel. The views from up top are spectacular!
At the beginning of the 20th century Shanghai was the most modern city in China and was the country’s cultural and economic centre. Despite some decline in that status, Shanghai is now again leading the way in many things Chinese, and presents many excellent opportunities study a foreign language course.
One of the most popular redeveloped parts of Shanghai is Xintiandi, which means ‘New Heaven and Earth’. The narrow alleys here are now full of entertainment with cinemas, cafés, restaurants, shops, and a fun and lively nightlife. This is definitely one of Shanghai’s popular spots for language travel students!
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate which means language travel students will enjoy hot, though humid, weather during the summer months. Slightly cooler and a little less humid are the spring and autumn months, and winters are mild too with average low temperatures never dropping to freezing or below. With lower humidity, the winter is still a great time for language travel students to attend a Chinese course in Shanghai!