Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world.It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the People's Republic of China, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014.Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline, many skyscrapers, and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China.Shanghai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles. The Bund, located by the bank of the Huangpu River, contains a rich collection of early 20th-century architecture, ranging in style from neoclassical HSBC Building to the art deco Sassoon House.The Pudong district of Shanghai is home to a number of skyscrapers, many of which rank among the tallest in the world. The most prominent examples include the Jin Mao Tower and the taller Shanghai World Financial Center, which at 492 metres (1,614 ft) tall is the tallest skyscraper in mainland China and ranks third in the world.
Shanghai natoble buildings are Laszlo Hudec, Park Hotel, Grand Theatre, Shanghai Museum, Broadway Mansions, Capital Theatre, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Shanghai Exhibition Centre.The extensive public park system in Shanghai offers the citizens some reprieve from the urban jungle. By the year 2012, the city had 157 parks, with 138 of them free of charge.People's squre park, Fuxing park, Zhongshan park, Jessfield park, Shanghai botanical garden, Xujiahui park, Gongqing forest park, Lu xun park, Century park and Jing'an park are some of the famous park in Shanghai.Shanghai museum, China art museum, Power station of art, Shanghai natural history museum, Shanghai science and technology museum, Songze museum, Museum of the first national congress of the chinese communist party, Ohel moshe synagogue, Shanghai postal museum, Rockbund art museum are the most famous museums in Shanghai.The vernacular language spoken in the city is Shanghainese, a dialect of Wu language. While the official language nationwide is Standard Mandarin, itself mutually unintelligible with Wu Chinese.Shanghai was the birthplace of Chinese cinema and theater.The "Shanghai School" was an important Chinese school of traditional arts during the Qing Dynasty and the twentieth century.Jiefang Daily, Oriental Sports Daily, Shanghai Daily, Shanghai Star, Xinmin Evening News, Wen Hui Bao, Wenhui Book Review are the major newspapers in Shanghai.