situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is China's
largest city by population. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern
economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial,
financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Administratively,
Shanghai is a municipality of the People's Republic of China that has province-level
status. Shanghai is also one of the world's busiest ports, and became the
largest cargo port in the world in 2005.
a sleepy fishing town, Shanghai became China's most important city by the
20th century. Shanghai once became the third largest financial centre in
the world, ranking after New York and London, and the largest commercial
city in Far East in the late 19th century and early 20th century. After
the communist takeover in 1949, Shanghai languished under heavy central
government taxation and much of its bourgeois elements were purged. After
the central government authorized the market-economic redevelopment of
Shanghai in 1992, Shanghai quickly surpassed early-starters Shenzhen and
Guangzhou, and has since led China's economic growth.
= on, hai = sea. (City on the sea).
China has a more open lifestyle now, many are still under pressure from
their family to marry. For some, it is not acceptable to have a gay partner,
so many will marry by the time they are 30. Gay bars tend to only be busy
at weekends. "Money Boy" is the term used in China for an escort, but it
is not legal, so be discreet.
15th to 22nd. 2013 - Shanghai Gay Pride