One of the largest urban areas in the world, Shanghai is located on Chinas central eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River. The city also happens to be one of the most populous and the most developed cities of the Peoples Republic of China. Shanghai will be hosting few of the Olympic sporting events in the city. The city will be hosting football preliminary matches at the Shanghai stadium. The major commercial and industrial centre of China has a population of over 13.5 million ranking first in terms of population density in the country.
Shanghai gained importance in the 1920s and 1930s when it turned
into one of the most important international trade centers in the
region. The city in those days was famed as the Oriental Paris,
attracting hordes of entrepreneurs and scholars. Today hundreds and
thousands of tourists from across the globe visit Shanghai to see
for themselves its great economic impulse, various cultural and
heritage sites and a blend of the East and the West. It within a
span of ten years has come to compete against top class cities of
the world like New York and London.
The Shanghai stadium, where the Olympic football preliminaries will
be held has a capacity of 80,000 spectators. Built in 1997, the
stadium covers 190,000 square meters. The stadium will provide a
training field for the titans to clash against each other in the
Olympics football preliminaries. The city has also undergone sea
change with the approaching of Beijing Olympics games. Specific
wireless local area network (WLAN) has been set up to cover the
Olympic village, main media center and headquarters hotel in
Shanghai. The city has internationally always been in news for
organizing and hosting some or the other event of international
repute. Shanghai hosts world famous film festivals, cultural shows,
fashion events, commercial conferences and sporting events. The city
after organizing the Olympic football preliminaries, will gear up
for organizing the world Expo in 2010. Shanghai is hence indeed a
pulsating city to visit and what could be a better occasion then the
Beijing Olympics 2008.
Shanghai is one of the most populous and developed city of the Peoples Republic of China. Get more information about the co-host city of the Beijing Olympics 2008 here.