Shanghai is a city that shows visitors what the world will look like 50 years from now. From the futuristic skyline of Lujiazui (pictured above) to the 268-mph Maglev train that travels 18.5 miles in 8 minutes, there is no shortage of innovation in China’s most modern city.
Still, it’s a place that offers glimpses into the past. Tucked behind dazzling 10-story malls and their designer label facades are zigzagging alleyways that make up the homes of many who have watched Shanghai change over time.
The blend of past and future works in Shanghai. Whether it’s found in the cafés of the old French Concession or the modern apartment high-rises next to a decades-old temple, the combination is everywhere even if it’s not noticeable at first.
Teaching English in Shanghai means being a part of it all. The fast-paced life can be daunting, but experiencing the thrill of such a city is incomparable. Whether its eating out at some of the world’s hottest restaurants, dancing to the beats of local DJs or shopping at cute boutiques, there is nothing like Shanghai.
- Population: 24 million
- Public Transportation: 2 international airports, 4 major train stations, 16 subway lines, thousands of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Subtropical, with four seasons – hot summers and mild winters
- EF Shanghai Flagship opened in 1993
- Teach English in Shanghai at one of our 26 schools
What Makes Shanghai Unique?
- To get a true taste of the old and the new, visit the Bund along the Huangpu River. Visitors can see colonial architecture from the days of foreign occupation on one side while 100-story-tall skyscrapers soar upwards on the other side of the river
- Shanghai is one of Asia’s hottest destinations for the arts. Celebrate a gallery opening at M50 near Suzhou Creek, witness the latest exhibit at the Power Station of Art or see a new play performed at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center
- Tianzifang is a wonderful collection of old houses and alleyways that now host restaurants, shops & bars. This area is one of the coolest places to see in Shanghai
- There are many off-the-beaten-path attractions for you to visit. From the Propoganda Poster and Art Center to water towns like Zhujiajiao & Qibao, there’s no shortage in Shanghai