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    Located in the heart of the city behind the famous Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street and just a 10 minute walk to the Bund, our 20 classroom school is close to restaurants, shops and cafes as well as the...

Shanghai, the largest city of the People's Republic of China, is an ideal destination to learn Chinese and get an insight into how one of the most progressive nations in the world is developing, whilst retaining its strong cultural heritage.

Shanghai is the evolving cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications hub of China. “Shanghai” literally means "on the sea", thanks to its location on the Chinese coastline.

On foot, there is a lot of ground to cover if you want to see much of Shanghai, with an urban area of a staggering 2,643 km.

So the best way to discover Shanghai, like any other city tour, is to wear comfortable shoes and pick and choose areas of interest. For shopaholics, Shanghai provides a feast. From the traditional markets of Yuyuan Bazaar to the endless rows of well-known brand shops on Nanjing Road, there is no shortage in supply. Take a break from shopping and detour off the high street and you’ll find amongst the city buildings, temples, original art-deco architecture amidst traditional Chinese grocery stores and restaurants. In fact, wherever you are in Shanghai, you’re never too far from traditional Chinese food with a huge variety of colourful sweet and savoury dishes.

A highlight of Shanghai is the vast Huangpu river, cutting a swathe through the city, which provides further contrasts between new and old.

Overlooked in the distance by the city skyscrapers, the adjacent Bund is a carnival of kiosks, street stalls and tour groups, a reflection of the commercial impact of China’s tourist boom. Take a walk along the promenade next to the Huangpu river and there are several cocktail bars offering stylish drinks with a view.

Providing the comfortable walking shoes are continuing to take the strain, another site worth seeing is the People's Square, with its greenery amongst interesting museums, mirror-windowed hotels and bars. The vast Shanghai Museum in People's Square, has tens of thousands of exhibits that lead you through the story of China’s civilisation.

With its shaded alcoves, sparkling pools filled with goldfish, classical pavilions and rustling bamboo, Yuyuan Gardens is one of Shanghai’s most eminent sights and what most tourists envisage true China to be like. Immerse yourself further in the culture by then visiting the iconic Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai’s holiest Buddhist shrine.

Shanghai at night is the sight to behold

Rivalling the glitz of Western capitals like Paris and New York, the city at night is breathtakingly beautiful with bright and colourful lights and structures shaping the cosmopolitan skyline. As dusk settles, whisk yourself up by fast-moving elevator to the 55 metre Skywalk 100 observation corridor at the summit of the Shanghai World Financial Center, the best place to see the lights go on in stages across the city. Then head down to the 91st floor where the 100 Century Avenue Bar and Restaurant can provide you with a dry Martini and an inspiring view from one of the world’s highest bars. One thing is for sure, outside of study time, boredom is consigned to the past.

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