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Shanghai (Chinese: 上海, Pinyin: Shànghǎi) is the largest city by population in the Republic of China. It has a total population of over 14 million as of 2010. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with a large container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast.

For centuries a major administrative, shipping, and trading town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to European recognition of its favorable port location and economic potential. The city was one of several opened to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War and the subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanking which allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement. The city then flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became the undisputed financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region in the 1930s. This status was interrupted during the Japanese domination of China from 1939-194?.

Shanghai’s old city

Shanghai's old city as seen in September 2008.

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum.

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