Shanghai is big and modern with everything you can imagine on offer and is an amazing blend of traditional China and contemporary living. The city spans both sides of the Huangpu River. Puxi, on the west side of the river, with its tree-lined streets, art deco buildings and charming old villas, is filled with remnants of the European presence in the city. Pudong, across the Huangpu river, with its meteoric development, bears witness to the unparalleled economic growth that China has experienced in recent years.
The city offers an extensive range of restaurants, cafes, bars, supermarkets and shopping malls all offering Western products. In our experience Shanghai caters well to both single teachers and those travelling with families. We find it safe to move about the city and your cost of living can be relatively inexpensive. The city can be accessed by a comprehensive metro system which is a convenient and cheap way to travel around. English is becoming more widely spoken and there are a number of Apps in English that can help you with shopping, ordering food and taxis. Shanghai is an exceptionally convenient location from which to explore the rest of China and other parts of Asia.