Brief knowledge of Shanghai
1) General situation
Shanghai is the key city of the Yangtze River Delta. It is the estuary of the Yangtze River.Shanghai is one of the municipalities of China, the biggest economic center of China and is also a historical cultural city.
The best time to visit Shanghai is autumn. The temperature during this period is mild and rain is less likely than in spring and summer. Shanghai’s weather is moderate (annual average temperature is about 15 degrees centigrade) and the seasons are not as distinct as in the North. Shanghai is characterized by a warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter. Shanghai receives abundant rainfall and the average annual precipitation is over 1000 cm. The “Plum Flower Rain” season (frequent light rain) is from mid-June to early July with an average daily rainfall of 259 mm. During July and September, strong storms with torrential rain become frequent. However, it seldom snows in Shanghai. Shanghai summers are hot and humid. July and August are Shanghai’s hottest months with average highs of 27.4 degrees centigrade. In winter, January is the coldest month, with a temperature average of 3 degrees centigrade.
All in all, it is best to go prepared with light clothing in summer and warm, heavy clothing in winter. Also, always prepare for rain by keeping an umbrella, but most hotels can equip you with one if needed!
The plum rains season is from every mid-June to the first ten days of July. The typhoon season is from the end of August to about September 20th. It often rains hard during that time. The rain-gear is necessity at these two periods.
Cheongsam (Qipao) is a female dress with distinctive Chinese features and enjoys a growing popularity in the international world of fashion. This body-hugging dress for women in China from the Manchus in the early 17th century modernized and improved in Shanghai around 1900.
The name “cheongsam,” stands for “long dress,” and comes from the dialect of China’s Guangdong Province Cantonese). In other parts of the country including Beijing, however, it is known as “qipao”.
Easy and comfortable to wear, cheongsam fits well the Chinese female figure. Its high neck, closed collar, and its sleeves may be short, medium or full length, depending mainly on season and taste. The dress is buttoned on the right or left side, with a loose chest, a fitting waist, and slits up from the sides, all of which combine to set off the beauty of the female shape.
The cheongsam is not too complicated to make. Not only it calls for little material, but also for there are no accessories like belts, scarves, sashes or frills. Besides its simplicity, Qipao provides designers with vast and creative space: some short, some long, with low, high, or even no collars at all.
Today, with its variety of styles, more and more women in China appreciate its beauty. In many occasions, cheongsam is their first choice among dresses. Actually, lots of influential people have suggested that this kind of dress should become the national dress for women in China. This shows that it remains an important part of Chinese culture.
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