Shanghai is the No.1 metropolis in China and reputed as the "Paris of the Orient". Shanghai has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China; renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, and museums and historic buildings, such as those along The Bund, as well as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden.
Shanghai is the most populous city proper in the world, with a population of more than 24 million. As one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China, it is a global financial center and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port.
As a major administrative, shipping and trading city, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to trade and recognition of its favourable port location and economic potential.