Shanghai is the largest city by population in the People’s Republic of China, and one of the largest in the world. It is a global crossroads and a center of commerce, culture, finance, fashion, media and technology. Often called the “showpiece” of the new China, Shanghai offers visitors a cosmopolitan blend of tradition and modernity, a place where ancient historical sites blend seamlessly with one of the world’s most modern and spectacular skylines.  We encourage all visiting schools to schedule a few days before or after the conference to enjoy all that our fair city has to offer. Walk the Bund and the streets of the former French Concession, take a night cruise on the Huangpu river, climb the Pearl Tower for the panoramic views, or learn about Shanghai’s unique role in the history of the Chinese Communist Party. Shanghai is an experience unlike any other, and exploring its wonders is an opportunity not to be missed.