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Shanghai

Shanghai ( [Pinyin: Shànghǎi] , [Shanghainese: Zånhae] ) is the [largest] city in [China] and the [largest] city proper in the world, with a population of nearly 14 million. Permanent population used.

Originally a [fishing] and textiles town, Shanghai grew to importance in the 19th century due to its [favorable port location] and as one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 [Treaty of Nanking] . The city flourished as a center of commerce between [east] and [west] , and became a multinational hub of finance and business by the 1930s. After 1990, the [economic reforms] introduced by [Deng Xiaoping] resulted in intense re-development and financing in Shanghai, and in 2005 Shanghai became the world's largest cargo port. Shanghai will hold the [Expo 2010] , the largest event to be held in China since the [2008 Summer Olympics] .

The city is a [tourist] destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as [the Bund] and [City God Temple] , its modern and ever-expanding [Pudong] skyline including the [Oriental Pearl Tower] , and its new reputation as a [cosmopolitan] center of culture and design.
Today, Shanghai is the largest center of commerce and finance in [mainland China] , and has been described as the "showpiece" of the world's [fastest-growing major economy] .
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