Shanghai is China’s main port, commercial hub, and industrial center. The words most frequently used to describe contemporary Shanghai are prosperous and sophisticated. Its buildings and atmosphere are reminiscent of New York, London, and Paris. The old and the new dwell in harmony. The world’s third tallest broadcasting tower, Oriental Pearl Tower, dominates the city skyline from its height of more than 1500 feet. From its observation deck, visitors can enjoy spectacular views. Also, the Modern Shanghai Museum Park houses one of the most noteworthy collections of the Middle Kingdom and ranks among China’s four largest museums.
Opera, classical music, jazz, rock, jazz, theater, acrobatics, and dance are all featured on Shanghai’s cultural scene. Shanghai is the birthplace of the Chinese movie and hosts nine annual film festivals. The Shanghai symphony orchestra has long been held in high regard, and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in Asia. The Grand Theatre and the Oriental Arts Centre have attracted top international productions. Traditional Chinese entertainment in the area of Chinese opera and acrobatics continue to delight large audiences as well.