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Location within Shanghai

Puxi (Chinese: 西, p Pǔxī, Shanghainese Phu-shi, lit "Huangpu West Bank") is the historic center of Shanghai, China, and remains the home of approximately 48% of Shanghai's residents in an area of 288 km².[1] Puxi is distinguished from Pudong to its east, which is separated from it by the Huangpu River. Despite the growing importance of Pudong's Lujiazui area, Puxi remains Shanghai's cultural, residential and commercial center.

Administratively, Puxi consists of a number of districts including Yangpu, Hongkou, Putuo, Changning, Xuhui, Jing'an and Huangpu.

Culture and entertainment[edit]

Puxi is, along with Pudong, the entertainment and cultural center of Shanghai.

Puxi has the most emblematic shopping centers and cultural centers. The main shopping centers (including East Nanjing Pedestrian Road, Central Huaihai Road, Qipu Road Apparel City, and Xujiahui), the major bar streets (Hengshan, Maoming, and Julu Roads), the Shanghai Zoo and cultural centers such as The Bund, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Shanghai Museum are all located in Puxi.

On the other hand, Pudong has the most emblematic parks and skyscrapers. For instance, the biggest park in all of Shanghai, the Century Park, is located in Pudong. Shanghai Disneyland Park is too located in Pudong. Pudong also has the tallest skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Shanghai Tower (the tallest skyscraper in Shanghai).

Corresponding Administrative Zones[edit]

Administrative division Area
in km2
(/km2 2020)
Yangpu 杨浦区 60.55 1,243,757 1,313,222 1,242,548 20,521
Hongkou 虹口区 23.41 860,726 852,476 757,498 32,358
Jing'an 静安区 36.77 1,103,949 1,077,284 975,707 26,535
Putuo 普陀区 55.16 1,051,672 1,288,881 1,239,800 22,476
Changning (长宁区) 37.16 702,239 690,571 693,051 18,650
Huangpu (黄浦区) 20.49 903,451 678,670 662,030 32,310
Xuhui (徐汇区) 55.16 1,064,645 1,085,130 1,113,078 20,179
Puxi area 288.7' 6,930,439 6,986,234 6,683,712 23,151
Percent of Shanghai 4.55% 42.2% 30.3% 26.9%

source: https://www.citypopulation.de/en/china/shanghai/admin/


Shanghai's older airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, is located in Puxi. All international flights, including regional flights to Hong Kong and Macao, were moved to Shanghai Pudong International Airport when the latter opened in 1999. From October 2007, a limited number of international flights will commence from Hongqiao.[2]

Almost all lines on the Shanghai Metro (with the exceptions of Lines 5 and 6) pass by Puxi.

Pudong and Puxi are connected by several tunnels, four major bridges, and Lines 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9 on the Shanghai Metro.

The Shanghai railway station and Shanghai South railway station are also located in Puxi.


  1. ^ "上海市2010年第六次全国人口普查主要数据公报". Archived from the original on 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  2. ^ Shuttle flights to connect Tokyo, Shanghai in October, Channel NewsAsia, 25 June, 2007