Visitor Info

Shanghai is a vibrant, thriving city, buzzing with the hustle and bustle of business, technology and the arts. Known for its impressive skyline of futuristic skyscrapers, Shanghai is also home to more traditional Shikumen houses. This combination of new and old, glass and brick, shine and color, creates one of the great cities in Asia. We hope you enjoy your time in Shanghai for our 2015 USC Global Conference. To learn more about our host city, we’ve compiled helpful tips from leading travel websites below.

Preparing for the Conference
Global Conference attendees should plan on arriving on or before Thursday, October 29 in time for the Opening Gala dinner which will take place that evening. The conference program will commence on Friday morning, October 30 and will include our featured conversation with Disney’s Robert Iger. The conference program will continue through Saturday, October 31, concluding that evening with the spectacular Closing Gala dinner. The full roster of speakers and schedule of programming will be announced in coming months.

Conference Accommodations
The official location of the USC Global Conference 2015 is the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China, where USC group rates for hotel accommodations are available. Additional information can be found on the conference registration page.

Visiting Shanghai
Shanghai literally means the city by the sea. The city is divided into two parts by the Huangpu River: Puxi (west of the Huangpu River) and Pudong (east of the Huangpu River). Puxi is the older part of the city and hosts the majority of shops, restaurants and museums. Pudong is the modern part, and is recognized for its rather unusual yet extremely impressive high-rises such as Shanghai’s tallest buildings, the Shanghai International Financial Center, Jinmao Building and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. — The Official Shanghai China Travel Website

Top things to do in Shanghai: Travel Guide by TripAdvisor®
The largest city in China is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once. The Huangpu River splits Shanghai into two districts: Pudong and Puxi. The Pudong skyline looks like it was ripped from the Jetsons, with the bulbous Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower looking a bit like a two headed lollipop. On the Puxi side, you can walk the Bund riverside district to get a taste of old Shanghai — TripAdvisor

Three days in Shanghai: Travel Guide by TripAdvisor®
Three days highlighting the best of Shanghai, from modern architectural wonders to historical temples and traditional gardens, plus the most worthwhile museums for completely experiencing Shanghai’s culture and history. — TripAdvisor

Day trips from Shanghai: Travel Guide by TripAdvisor®
Shanghai is a perfect base from which to explore nearby water villages for a glimpse of “Old China” and to get away from the pace of the modern city. Tour a silk factory and stroll among the gardens of Suzhou. For nature lovers and bird-watchers, Chongming Island is a must and can be explored on foot or by bicycle. — TripAdvisor

Shanghai off the beaten path: Travel Guide by TripAdvisor®
There is much to be discovered in Shanghai that many visitors miss. This list offers a couple of unusual small museums and monuments, a cooking class and even a tour of the city by vintage sidecar motorbike. — TripAdvisor