Shanghai is one of the most populated cities in China. It has a permanent resident population of 23,019,200, of which 12.21 million live in the urban areas. We found it to be NOISY beyond belief. If you lived here permanently you would never find a quiet spot. The car and bike horns are constant, they seem to just blast them for no real reason, it’s now habit. Get in your car…. blow the horn. It is now we realise why the Chinese can’t speak softly… they shout and the high pitched yelling of the women is almost deafening especially when a group of four or five get going 🙂

The city covers an area of 6,340.5 square kilometers, which extends about 120 kilometers in north and south and nearly 100 kilometers in east and west. Shanghai has an urban area of 2,643 square kilometers, land area of 6,219 square kilometers and water area of 122 square kilometers. The city’s Chongming Island is the third largest island in China, covering an area of 1,041 square kilometers.

The food is one of our main attractions and we intend trying it all 🙂

All posts from Shanghai

1. Train from Hong Kong to Shanghai….. 10th April. Click here

2. The Maglev train….. 15th April. Click here

3. The Peoples Square, The Old Town and our hostel ….. 16th April. Click here

4. Wunning Street ….. 17th April. Click here

5. The Bund …. 18th April. Click here


Wombats comments on Shanghai.

1 = bad 10 =good

Based on a stay at City International Hostel


  • Accommodation where we stayed: 9 out of 10

  • Ease of using local transport: 8 out of 10

  • Atmosphere of Shanghai: 7 out of 10

  • General cleanliness: 7 out of 10

  • Locals friendliness: 7 out of 10

  • Ability to be understood by locals: 4 out of 10 (Hard)

  • Foods varieties: 7 out of 10

  • Restaurants and eateries: 6 out of 10

Comments: A huge city. Getting around is reasonably easy using Bus and Metro although the metro has LOTS of steps and very few escalators. Believe me that makes for hard work. Food is easy to find from street hawker stalls to good restaurants and around. Lots of places for all types of shopping. Lots to see and do but a large place to get around. Overall: We would return.

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