About the Shanghai, China Program
The Shanghai program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.
- Population: approx. 20 million
- Distance from Beijing: 665 miles
- Distance from Hong Kong: 764 miles
Good night Shanghai
Shanghai is the future. Cosmopolitan Shanghai generates a stunning 3% of China's gargantuan GNP. This hip city is favored among China's young professionals as well as global Fortune 500 companies. Displacing Hong Kong as East Asia's financial hub, Shanghai is home to more billionaires than anywhere in China.
Legendary for its nightlife, Shanghai has jazz, raves, and dance clubs. Yet, Shanghai is also old-school, with traditional cuisine, opera troupes, tea houses, folk crafts, art museums, and people practicing tai chi or ballroom dancing in the parks. With some of the most creative, futuristic skyscrapers, Shanghai remains an architectural mecca. Despite Shanghai's enormity, it ranks amoung the world's safest cities; and it's easy to get around, either on the modern subway system or the ride share bicycles. In the words of a USAC student, "Shanghai is an epic experience, not to be missed."