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Shanghai, China's largest city, has a status equivalent to a province, and reports directly to the central government. The city is located on the East China coast just to the south of the mouth of the Yantze River and has Jiangsu province to the north and Zhejiang to the south, and includes the third largest island in Greater China - Chongming Island.

Today, Shanghai is one of China's biggest and busiest port, most important industrial and commercial center. The entire administrative area of the city, including surrounding suburbs, townships and farmland, covers a total area of 2,383 square miles (6,185 aquare km).

Its population is 12 million, with a population density of 41,000 per square km. Its industrial products rank the best in quatlity in China. It has one of China's 2 stock exchange markets. Its residents are known for their business talents, quick wit and sophistication. Its fashions and standards of products and services are more international than other Chinese cities. Its shopping is the best in China. It is so-called "the dragon head" of East China, this leading force has driven Shanghai's economy forward.

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