China isn't a country - it's a different world. From shop-till-you-drop metropolises to the desert landscapes of Xinjiang, China is a country of staggering contradictions, a land of cultural and geographic schism. The official language of China is Standard Mandarin. It is the only language used in education on Mainland China and Taiwan. Mandarin is also widely used in South-east Asia. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Shanghai, you may have seen it all on TV but up close it's even more impressive. This is probably the most exciting and upbeat city in Asia. It is also one of the most densely packed - and we're talking people, skyscrapers, multinational office blocks, first class entertainment facilities, the lot.
Crowned with the prestige of being the Paris of China and pearl of Asia, Shanghai is on the fast track to becoming the dominant destination in Asia for business and leisure.
Do as little or as much as you want in Shanghai - it doesn't really matter as just being here is an experience in itself.