Shanghai interns and international volunteers will gain invaluable, lifelong cultural experiences through the many different sides of Shanghai—either through the business, culinary, or nightlife scenes. Not to mention the practical, real world knowledge and skills gained from Connect-123’s international internships and volunteer programs.
Population: 20 million (largest city in China)
Languages: Shanghainese, Mandarin
Religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam.
Country Capital: Beijing
Time Zone: GMT +B
Currency: Renminbi (RMB) – also known as yuan or kuai
Fun Facts: The following unusual dishes can be sampled in Shanghai - live drunken shrimp, scorpions, congealed lamb blood and bull penis.
Founded as a center of trade during the Qing dynasty, Shanghai has since become China’s most populous city and a major financial center. Areas of British, French, and American settlements could be found in the city up until the second world war and this influence is still seen in the architecture – contrasting with the most modern of skyscrapers! Shanghai is well known for its flashy, diversified and high-energy night life, and for its fascinating culinary scene, featuring street snacks, Malatang (create your own soup) shops and modern Chinese style fare. Further afield the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the Potala Palace in Tibet and of course the Great Wall in Beijing await!
Be prepared for breathtaking views while dining and lounging among a sophisticated crowd of expats and Shanghainese.
Shanghai was one of the only cities to accept Jewish refugees during World War II; this recently renovated museum tells the story.
A fun place to dine on very reasonably priced spicy Chinese food - ideally with a big group of friends!
Displays a collection of fascinating propaganda posters from the cultural revolution.
Traditional, local Shanghainese housing is disappearing fast. Grab the chance to experience it here - along with galleries, boutiques and handmade jewelry shops.
Winding, leafy European style streets lead to boutiques, parks and historically significant residences and cafes.
One of the oldest of Shanghai's thousands of tea houses - spend a chilled afternoon sipping exotic teas with friends or a good book for company.
Hop down to Blue Frog Bar & Grill on a Monday - burgers are half price and Happy Hour runs until 8.
Why not visit these scenic Chinese style gardens to experience a traditional tea ceremony, or explore the markets for Chinese knick-knacks, fancy tea pots and everything silk.
Shanghai's 5 year city plans on show - including a display of every single building planned to be standing twenty years into the future.
We recommend this spot for a stroll on a breezy, summer evening - if enjoying the lush gardens isn't relaxing enough why not try boating?
Vue Bar features stunning views, a hot tub on the terrace, day beds for lounging and special cocktail nights!
Check out one of the most popular Chinese performing art forms live at theaters throughout the city.
See indie and mainstream films from all over the world AND meet the people who made them! Every June in participating theaters all around the city.
Worth visiting to see one of the tallest atriums in the world - absolutely breathtaking!
Dine on the Huangpu River in style, on a triple decker dragon boat.
Salsa nights take place at different venues every night of the week. Not a dancer? Just listen to live Latino bands play and witness the energetic scene!
The largest park in Shanghai, boasting beautiful gardens and walkways. Hire a bike for two or watch locals practicing martial arts and traditional dance.
Cobbled walkways are lined with coffee shops, trendy boutiques and restaurants, often housed in refurbished colonial buildings. Great specials, live music and happy hours tempt visitors during the week.
Dine in style and enjoy indescribable views of the Bund.
Dozens of seminars given by influential speakers and authors from all over the world. Also a great way to expand your library here in Shanghai is to buy from their make shift shop.
Want to visit the highest observation deck and hotel in the world? You're in luck!
Best experienced at night, the shops and restaurants draw the crowds to this high energy street!
A newly extended pedestrian walkway, views of colonial architecture AND flashy new sky scrapers and residential lofts across the Huangpu River - no wonder this is a tourist favorite!
If it's detox time then join the other expats here for a weekend brunch - or one of their fantastic salads!
Talented and passionate performers, local and international, unite for this festival.
You must make your way to the highest bar in the world for a delicious cocktail in an intimate and chic environment.
Don't miss this large temple in the heart of the city - reconstructed several times during its history.
This large, well-manicured city center park witnesses Saturday afternoon matchmaking as Shanghainese parents discuss their childrens' suitability for marriage.
How about a multi-million dollar show where motorcycle stunts, acrobats and aerial dance meet ceramic pot tossing - expect Chinese symbolism with modern flair!