Gay Guide to Shanghai, China.
Shanghai Gay Guide
July 2014
 Hotels in Shanghai
 Photos of Shanghai
Shanghai, 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. Originally 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.