Welcome to Shanghai, an international center for economic, financial, trade, shipping, and technological innovation in China. This city, which combines ancient charm with modern glamor, has survived the ravages of time and conflict over its storied history, and is today renowned for its spirit of tolerance, openness, and generosity, as well as its pursuit of excellence. Shanghai is a magnet for talent that draws outstanding individuals from across the globe to pursue their dreams. Today, as the world faces great changes unseen in a century, Shanghai is more eager than ever to attract new talent. The city stands at an important juncture on the road to becoming an international, socialist, modern metropolis, and its open, innovative, and tolerant culture make it a land of opportunity, where the world's best minds can gather to imagine the future together.
To better serve talent from across the globe, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (the Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs), or STCSM (SAFEA) for short, has launched a series of groundbreaking policy initiatives for foreign workers based in Shanghai to ensure that they can fully appreciate the true warmth and splendor of this city.
As the Chinese saying goes, it is such a pleasure to have friends come from afar. We hope that all foreign residents can build successful careers, fulfilling lives, and achieve family harmony in Shanghai. Under the guidance of the STCSM (SAFEA), the Shanghai Service Center for Foreigners Working in China (SSCFWC) has carefully prepared this guide, which covers various aspects of the city's economy, everyday life, and culture to help foreign residents integrate into their new environment, and experience the city's sights and secrets.
Every great city grows inseparable from its builders. In the future, we will continue our work to ensure that Shanghai goes from strength to strength. We hope that this guide can help you better understand and integrate into Shanghai, and embark on your journey to build, pursue, and realize your dreams.
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