China's biggest and most advanced city, located in the middle of the east coast. Shanghai was said to be the most cosmopolitan city in the beginning of the 20th century, but lost its glory during the Mao era. It is now quickly regaining its position as one of the biggest economic powerhouses in the world as well as a showcase of modern architecture. Shanghai is divided into 16 districts and 3 counties. There are 204 towns, 8 townships, 99 sub-district neighborhood committees, 3,501 neighborhood committees and 2,904 villagers’ committees in the city.
At the end of 2004, Shanghai had 6,704 buildings of 11 or more stories which were completed since 1990, according to reports by the city of Shanghai.