Planning your elective - Shanghai, China
Kheng-Wei Yeoh recommends a spell in cosmopolitan Shanghai
- By: Kheng-Wei Yeoh
Shanghai means “on the sea,” and the city lies on China's eastern sea coast, just south of the Yangtze river estuary. In 1842 the British established their first concession in Shanghai, when the Treaty of Nanking opened Shanghai up to foreign trade. Before long, the small fishing town became an international settlement, established by France, America, and other countries. This foreign imperialism transformed Shanghai into one of the world's most glamorous and cosmopolitan cities by the 1920s and 1930s. During the second world war the Japanese occupied Shanghai before returning it to China.
Shanghai is one of the four centrally administered municipalities in the People's Republic of China. China is administratively divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, the four municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
There are great climate differences within China. The northern part of Heilongjiang province has no summer while Hainan Island