The Cities of China
Shanghai is the most populous city in China. The city is located in eastern China, at the middle portion of the Chinese coast, and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Due to its rapid growth in the last two decades, it has again become one of the world's leading cities, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, and culture.
Once a fishing and textiles town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to its favourable port location and was one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. The city then flourished as a centre of commerce between east and west, and became a multinational hub of finance and business in the 1930s. However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, the city's international influence declined. In 1990, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city. Shanghai is now aiming to be a global finance hub and international shipping centre in the future, and is predicted to become one of the world's main global financial centres, on the level of even London and New York in this regard.
Shanghai is also a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, Peoples Square (the former racing track) and Yuyuan Garden, and its extensive yet growing Pudong skyline. It hosted the World Expo in 2010, attracting 73 million visitors. It is described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of China. (Wikipedia)
Sited in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Pudong, Shanghai Tower completes a trio of buildings that form Chinas first super-tall district. While the adjacent Jin Mao Tower pays homage to Chinas past, and the Shanghai World Financial Center signifies Chinas recent economic success, Shanghai Tower represents the boundless possibilities of Chinas future, the buildings shape a metaphor for the countrys connection with the world, space and time.
This amazing DVD covers the magnificent culture, history and beauty of China. This is your one-stop guide to China -one of the world's oldest civilizations and an extraordinary travel destination. And the videos are indexed so you can plan your tour.
SPECTACULAR SCENES - You will visit dramatic sites including the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven. Explore its leading cities with their incredible shopping and nightlife. Beijing is its capital and site of the 2008 Olympics and here you will see its most famous sites including the Forbidden City, where the emperor ruled the Middle Kingdom. See Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, the famous Terracotta Warriors near Xian and the remarkable city of Shanghai, which has more skyscrapers than New York. See cute Pandas, explore its vast countryside including beautiful Guilin and take a soul-searching trip to mysterious Tibet.
ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP TOURIST DESTINATIONS - China has a treasure-chest of stunning historical sites, a rich culture, breathtaking scenery, and it is poised to assume a key role in the 21st century.
INCREDIBLE TRAVEL PLANNER - Watch the videos and then plan a spectacular vacation. Even learn to speak some Mandarin.
I greatly enjoyed this video. It was professionally done with beautiful crisp clear photography and interesting commentary. The whole country was well covered and I really enjoyed the section on Tibet as well as Shanghai. I hope to visit this beautiful country some day, and will use this video as my reference guide.
The Cities of China