Shanghai & The Bund Waterfront

Shanghai, China - May 24, 2015 : A large cargo ship on the Yangtze River and view of Pudong.
Shanghai, China – May 24, 2015 : A large cargo ship on the Yangtze River and view of Pudong.

Known for its stunning skyline and a population of millions, Shanghai is one of the world’s iconic cities. It offers residents the chance to live in a cultural hub and economic powerhouse; and visitors the chance to view some incredible sights. Supporting it all is the city’s shipping industry.

Shanghai Basics

Going by population, Shanghai is China’s largest city, with over 24 million people. Its climate is humid and subtropical, with four seasons. Since Shanghai is located at the estuary of the Yangtze River, the weather is rainy for about a third of the year. The website Travel China Guide recommends visiting from March to May, as the weather is most pleasant then.

Shanghai Tourism

Many people take advantage of the weather and visit during the spring, but they also come all throughout the year, as Shanghai has many attractions to offer tourists. Its skyline is famous worldwide, with buildings like the Shanghai Tower (2,073 feet tall) providing impressive sights. Modern marvels such as that contrast with areas of old Shanghai still intact and waiting for visitors, like the iconic Bund waterfront area. There, tourists can enjoy a long waterfront walkway, view historic buildings, and enjoy many photo opportunities.

Another attraction is Shanghai’s food: CNN described it as “sea foodie heaven.” The bar scene is strong as well, with famous locations like the VUE bar (which offers a nearly 360-degree view of the Bund) and the Salon de Ning (which recreates 1930s Shanghai, per Forbes.com).

Shanghai’s Shipping Industry

Shanghai is central to the economy of China–and indeed the world. The city’s shipping industry and infrastructure is a major factor. The port of Shanghai handles an incredible amount of the world’s commerce: 736 million tons per year.

According to the Daily Mail, the port has a capacity of 32 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (standard shipping containers) per year. To put that into perspective, the largest container ships in the world can carry just under 20,000 such units. They’re able to dock at Shanghai’s specialized deepwater area, giving the port an advantage over competitors that can’t handle such massive ships.

A thriving and exciting place to live and to visit, Shanghai’s worldwide prominence continues to attract industry and growth. And the shipping industry, an integral part of the economy in Shanghai and worldwide, continues to grow and evolve with it.