Shanghai is a big city. By big, I don’t mean big like Stockholm or Göteborg, but seriously big! To take the subway from its one end to the other might take more than one hour (I have heard that they have extended some of this kind of long lines recently). The population in Shanghai alone is more than twice as much as that in the whole Sweden.
This is a picture in one of my presentation about China. It illustrates the comparison of density among Sweden, China and Shanghai the city alone.
When you look at the map in Google maps, it’s hard to tell where it is the best area to live. Well, you get some general idea by looking this one:
The map just shows the districts in city. There are quite a few other districts outside of the map.
The name of the districts are in blue. Most recommended districts to live are:
- Luwan, center, covers the old French concession, with nice bars and restaurants.
- Huangpu, center, close to the attraction the Bund, nice bars and restaurants.
- Xuhui, partly, where it is close to Luwan.
- Jing’an, partly, where it is close to Luwan.
- Pudong, the corner where it is close to Huangpu
Well, I’m not saying that there are no good places in other districts. Sure there are. The thing is it might be more convenient to aim at the recommended solution first if one does not know the city so well. Besides, since the city is big, it can be expensive to take a taxi home at night after party if you live too far away from the center where most bars are located. And believe me, you are going to party….a lot!