Shanghai, China – Travel Review – 2010 World Expo


If ever there was a place that displayed the melodramatic contrast between ultra-modern and deep-seeded historical culture, Shanghai would be that place.

As the largest city in China, Shanghai is often regarded as the centre of finance and trade with the world’s fastest growing stock exchange. Calling it a bustling metropolis would be a gross understatement.

Located on the Yangtze River Delta, on China’s east coast, Shanghai sits around 1300km south of China’s capital Beijing.

It’s fitting then that Shanghai will host its 2010 World Expo, due to run from May 1st – October 31st, to showcase the wondrous sites and scenery of the amazing city.

Over 200 countries and 50 organisations have indicated their intentions to participate in the global forum of engineering and architecture advances worldwide.

Authorities estimate that around 70-million people will visit the 2010 World Expo during its run from May 1st – October 31st. The influx of people to the current Shanghai population of around 20-million will challenge the public transport and accommodation arrangements. Luckily the infrastructure is built to handle the influx of traffic.

While the 2010 World Expo is sure to bring in extra tourism traffic, tourists will also have the opportunity to tour the endless ancient sites and modern buildings.

One of Shanghai’s modern wonders is the Maglev high-speed train. Reaching speeds of up to 431km/h, the train travels from Shanghai’s Longyang subway station in Pudong to Pudong International Airport in 7 minutes and 31 seconds, a staggering feat in comparison to the rest of the developed world – Australia included!

Museum buffs are smothered with choice. Shanghai houses some of the most renowned Chinese museums, ranging from the Shanghai Museum, which houses some of the best collections of artefacts in the world; through to the Shanghai Art Museum that offers both temporary and permanent art exhibitions.

Standard Mandarin is the official language of Shanghai, although English is widely spoken.

Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate, so if you’re visiting, expect high humidity throughout the year. Shanghai experiences four distinct climates, with the average yearly temperature of 17 degrees Celsius, with average highs of up to 32 degrees Celsius in summer and average lows of 1 degree Celsius in winter.

The flat terrain of Shanghai means travel can be done by foot or public transport with great ease. The sites are simply astonishing, with meticulous attention paid to every detail.

Shanghai’s very rich and somewhat turbulent history is one that takes time to comprehend.

I would highly recommend arranging a tour with an English speaking tour guide to reap the absolute most of Shanghai’s amazing deep culture.

Wonderful locals welcome tourists with open arms and expect a level of respect in return for their hospitality. It’s the least you can do as a tourist while touring this stunning region of China.

If you are in the city for the 2010 World Expo, be sure to extend your stay and explore the sights, I guarantee that you won’t regret it.

Shanghai, China – At a Glance

  • Where? Shanghai is located in China, around 1200km south of Beijing.
  • Population. Around 20-million people.
  • Transport. Shanghai has two international airports, Hongqiao and Pudong International Airport, the latter of which is the carries the third largest amount of traffic in China. Shuttle services are available from the airport (including the 431km/h Maglev high-speed train).

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Wonderful locals welcome tourists with open arms and expect a level of respect in return for their hospitality. It’s the least you can do as a tourist while touring this stunning region of China.

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Paul Maric

Paul Maric has been a freelance travel writer for the past seven years.Paul’s mainstay is freelance motoring journalism, where he has contributed content to major Australian and international publications.Travelling all over the world, Paul has had the chance to stay at some of the finest hotels, eat at the finest restaurants and visit some of the most amazing locations.