Shanghai City Facts
The main language of the People's Republic of China is Mandarin but there are also many regional dialects. Mandarin is not an easy language for westerners as the words have many different meanings, these being conveyed through the utilisation of tone. Mandarin has been described as the language that is sung.
Getting connected in Shanghai
If you travel with a laptop, it is possible to connect to the Internet via the telephone sockets in most hotel rooms.
Shanghai Fast Facts
Region : Shanghai
Country : People¡¯s Republic of China
Continent : Asia
National Status : Republic
National Population : 1,276,301,000 (2000 estimate, Source: United Nations Population Division,1996)
City Population : 14,173,000(2000 estimate, Source: United Nations Population Division, 1996)
National Capital : Beijing
Local Time : +8 hours from GMT (13 hours from Eastern Standard Time.) (16 hours from Pacific Standard Time.)
Official Language : The official language is Mandarin Chinese although Cantonese, Fukienese, Xiamenhua Hakka. Mongolia, Tibet , Xinjiang are also spoken.
Currency : Yuan (Chinese) Renminbi (CNY)
Religion : 100 million Buddhists, 20 million Muslims, 5 million Protestants and 4 million Roman Catholics.
I did tour a number of the...
I did tour a number of the nightlife areas. Unfortunately I was so tired on Friday night that I didnt get to stay out too late. Here's a link for most of the bars, they are clustered in three areas, all covered in the link. Once you get to one place, you will see a bunch more.
The two most lively streets (in my opinion) are Heng Shan Lu and Mao Ming Nan Lu. These seem to have a critical mass of bars and people.
Alternatives include bowling, KTV (karaoke) and some kind of strange bars where you get a personal host or hostess. Didn't do any of the above, so I can't comment. Casual, no dress up here.
Another Romantic Garden Restaurant
Victorian Home is a restaurant in a refurbished home of some past rich man in Shanghai. It is set back from the street, so all you see from the street is the archway to the restaurant. Inside, there is a brick wall with water flowing over it and a garden with outdoor seating. Inside the atmosphere is slightly elegant. You will hear Brazilian Jazz playing softly in the background.
The food is as good or better than any I had in Shanghai. The special thing is, they brew a black beer that is far better than the Bud light everyone seems to sell these days. Service is prompt and well performed. I think this would be a great romantic restaurant with a date, instead of the three guys I was with. The home brewed black beer was a real surprise. The rest of the food here is above average, I could not pick a favorite.
This People's Square is a sort of Shanghai version of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In this area, you will find Shanghai Museum, the Municipal City Hall, Shanghai Grand theater,the underground shopping street, the underground transformed house and the underground parking lot. This is another major spot where Shanghai folks come to hang out, esp. on the weekends.
As I mentioned, I came to Shanghai and lived with a student. Met many amazing people and we exchanged bits about each other's culture.
While I was in Shanghai I went along with the students of US. We visited a company which extracts an amino acid from duck feathers. This amino acid is used in the 'cocktail' used primarly in the US and UK as an treatment for AIDS.