Weifeng Ma


+86 (0) 21 3100 7900


Unit 1708, Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road, Shanghai 上海市静安区北京西路968号嘉地中心办公室楼1708 单元英中贸易协会上海代表处

At a Glance

Population: 25.2 Million (Year 2017)

GPD: RMB 2.6 Trillion

GDP growth: 7% (Year 2014)

Key Facts

  • The most populated city in china
  • The economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China   
  • Located at the east tip of Yangtze River Delta and halfway along China's eastern coastline
  • Been a large and prosperous port city for more than a century due to its advantageous geographical location
  • Three largest industries - financial services, retail, and real estate
  • Location for the The Pilot Free Trade Zone with import and export volume in the zone reached RMB 754.6 billion in 2016
  • Home to over 170,000 expats in 2015 and named the most attractive city for expats for the fourth time in 2016 by International Talent Magazine 

Key Industries

  • Information technology
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Consumer products
  • Financial and professional services
  • Education
  • Creative and culture

Opportunities for British Businesses:

  • The expansion of the Shanghai metro with 4 new lines planned by 2020
  • The Shanghai Disney resort opening in 2016
  • The Shanghai Free Trade Zone is currently being developed​

Our local manager's top 5 reasons to do business in Shanghai

  1. Shanghai has many rapidly growing industries in which British companies are traditionally strong.
  2. Shanghai is China’s busiest port and also its largest ship building base, making it a hub for the import or export of goods.
  3. The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone is the largest free trade zone in China. An integration of four existing zones, it has numerous pieces of legislation that make it highly desirable for foreign firms doing business in the country.
  4. Shanghai has one of the most diverse economies in China with both the services sector and manufacturing well represented.
  5. Shanghai has a large pool of talented labour from its numerous educational institutions.


  • There are multiple direct flights to Shanghai daily from London
  • Shanghai is 7 hours from Guangzhou, and 5 hours and 20 minutes from Beijing by high speed train
  • The Shanghai Metro has 14 lines

Things to do in Shanghai

  • Shanghai Museum, a world class museum of Chinese artifacts
  • City God Temple, a large traditional temple complex in the centre of the city.
  • The French Concession, an historical area with 19th and early 20th century colonial architecture and urban planning.