As the largest city in China and an economic, commercial and financial center, Shanghai is vital to the country’s future. No other city in the country is more vibrant and fascinating! Located in Eastern China, Shanghai encompasses 6,340 square kilometers. Being situated on the Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. This is a popular destination for visitors to sense the development of the country.


The population of Shanghai is now estimated to be around 23.9 million. The city ranks first in China and the world in terms of population, with a density of 9700 per square mile. Wow! It’s projected that Shanghai, along with Beijing, will have a population of more than 50 million by 2050, which is double the current level. This is because the fast-paced urbanization in the region and strong economic growth. This has led China to become known around the world for its famous one-child policy, to help keep the population in check. But beginning 2015, the one-child policy has relaxed and it is possible to have two child in a family with some conditions applied.


With a subtropical maritime monsoon climate, Shanghai is generally mild and moist. Although situated in the southern part of China, it still has four distinct seasons – the warm spring and the cool autumn are comfortable for travel, while the hot rainy summer and the overcast cold winter are far less pleasant. Weather in Shanghai is extreme; cold, icy winters lasting from January till the end of March and super hot, humid summers running from the end of June to September. On the plus side, the weather in late September to end December is extremely kind, with temperatures in the mid 20 degrees and no humidity. The spring from March to May is recommended as the best time to pay a visit.


While Shanghainese has traditionally been the language of the area over the past 20 years, as Shanghai has become the NYC of mainland PRC, more and more Mandarin is spoken as a default. The language spoken on the streets, in offices and in the shops of Shanghai is Shanghainese. But the language to learn is Mandarin, as this will connect you with rest of China. Many spouses of working partners love taking Mandarin lessons to be able to communicate with their Ayis (home helpers) and language schools and craft lessons can be found in our mobile apps : International School Listings.

Living expenses

The cost of living in Shanghai is generally considered the highest in China. The expatriate standard of living in Shanghai is high too. But while rents can be expensive, food is consider reasonable if it is not imported, but local food safety standard is still the main concerns for expatriate community. The great thing about buying groceries in Shanghai is that just about anything can be found at foreign supermarkets and stores. Imported produce is, however, more expensive than back home. Spread throughout the city, there are places for savvy shoppers to find deals on pearls, electronics, antiques, books and branded clothing.


Shanghai serves as an important air, rail, road and water transport hub in eastern China. Public transport is inexpensive and efficient in Shanghai, with names of destinations clearly indicated on subways. The urban transportation is also quite satisfactory. Despite the traffic jam that do happen, the convenient taxis, buses, subway trains etc. can take you to any corner of the city. Ubers and private drivers are also easily available. The frequent flights, trains and buses make one’s visit a breeze, if there is no delays..


Most expatriate employers include children??s education in their packages, and this is an important consideration as international schools are extremely expensive here. There is no local English-language alternative though designated local Chinese schools are open to foreign students at a considerably lower cost, and bilingual schools is another choice available. Parents are able to compare and choose the right schools for their children thru our app : International School Listings.


The cost of healthcare in Shanghai varies dramatically. In the case of emergencies, fees at a private hospital in China would add up quite similarly to those in a Western country. As a result, medical insurance is essential. Many employers pay for medical insurance and cost; if this is not the case, it is crucial to get appropriate coverage as health care facilities is Shanghai is also very high. Going to local hospitals might not be ideal as waiting time for an appointment might go for as long as half a day or more.