To provide the opportunity of strengthen cooperation and exchange, 13 journalists from the 9 countries a headed to visit Shanghai Pudong new area, Pilot free trade, Shanghai Lin-gang Autonomous and Informationalized vehicle Integrative Testing and Demonstration Zone, Lin-gang Si-Tech city, and Shanghai Smart State Technology Projects hosted by the state council information office of PRC, organized by China News Service and information office of Shanghai municipality, and operated by China News Service Shanghai branch.
Located at the estuary of the Yangtze River in the eastern China and facing to the Pacific Ocean, Shanghai is a China most thriving economic center with 242378 population and 6340 square kilometers of land and the GDP clime up to 20398 US $ by the end of 2018. Shanghai is a pioneer in China’s reform and opening up, as well as innovation. A total of 670 multinational enterprises have set up regional headquarters in the city, and 441 foreign invested have also been established here. Shanghai is one of the world’s financial centers with its financial market generating a total transaction volume of 1645.78 trillion Yuan and trading volume several products ranked top among global markets.
Shanghai is an important shipping center, handling 730.4794 million tons of goods in 2018. On top of that, its international containers volume reached 42.0102 million IEUS, highest in the world for nine straight years. When it comes to the number of cruise ship passengers, the city ranked fourth in the world. Some 771,600 flights were processed at Shanghai Pudong and hongqiao international airports reaching 117.6343 million inbound and outbound trips.
Shanghai is also a world renewed tourism destination and an international cultural exchange center where a large number of cultural activities are organized. International tourists journeyed here 8.93 million times in 2018. The city boasts a rich and profound culture with 131 museums and 23 public libraries. It also held 175 international and domestic sporting events during the year.
Shanghai strives to become a technology innovation center. To achieve that goal, Shanghai spent heavily on R&D-around 4% of its GDP. The Zhangjiang Comprehensive National Center plays a key role in China’s continued technological innovation. Large-scale scientific equipment, such as the soft X-ray free electron laser and super intense ultrafast laser, has been built. In total, 223 tech companies were listed on the technology and innovation Board at the Shanghai equity exchange.
Following on from the success reaped as the host city of 2010 world expo, Shanghai continues to live up to the motto “better city, better life”. It remains committed to four targets areas-service, manufacturing, shopping and cultures.
By 2035, Shanghai aims to become an excellent global city, a modern metropolis, an economic, financial, trade, shipping and technology innovation center, and a place that is not only innovation and humanistic, but also eco-friendly.