Shanghai (上海), situated at 31°14' north latitude and 121°29' east longitude, borders on Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces in the west. North of the city, the Yangtze River pours into the East China Sea. At the central point along China's coastal line, Shanghai has ready transportation facilities. It also has excellent sea and river ports and a vast hinterland.
Shanghai is one of the four province-level municipalities in China. Due to its rapid development over the last two decades it has again become a leading global city, with significant influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology and transport. Shanghai is now a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world.