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Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai is the largest city of the People's Republic of China. It is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Previously known as the 'Paris of the East' and 'Queen of the Orient,' Shanghai was the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city in China. It is located at the middle part of the mainland coast of China and it sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

The population of Shanghai is 19.2 million, making this city the third largest of the four direct-controlled municipalities in China, with 13.7 million registered permanent resident and 4.8 million registered long-term migrants. There were a large number of people from Taiwan and South Korea for business since Shanghai is the center of commerce and finance in China.

Shanghai is one of the few cities in China that is experiencing four distinct seasons. In winter, the cold winds from Siberia cause nighttime temperature to drop below freezing. The average winter temperature is 40 degrees F (4 degrees C), which occurs from the end of January to early February, and summer in Shanghai is very warm and humid with the average temperature of 83 degrees F (28 degrees C), which occurs in July or August. Overall, Shanghai weather is mild and moist. The city's annual rainfall is 45.2 inches (114 cm) and June was recorded the wettest month.

The city is a tourist destination known for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and City God Temple. The Bund is a famous waterfront that centers on a section of Zhongshan Road within the Shanghai International Settlement located in central Shanghai. It runs along the western bank of Huangpu River facing Pudong, which is a district located in the eastern part of Hangpu. The Bund has been regarded as a symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years and is a really beautiful and special place worth visiting.

Another popular destination is the City God Temple. It forms the core of the old city and also the traditional district of commerce in the city, surrounding the temple. The temple also connects the Yuyuan Garden, which is another landmark of the old city. The City God Temple originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the Jinshan spirit or 'Gold Mountain,' which is an island off the coast of Shanghai. But in converted into a City God Temple in 1403 and in 1951 it was dissolved and was handed over by the Shanghai Taoist Association and made it into a Taoist center and still remains as of today.

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