Offering large-scale conference and exhibition services, the majestic Shanghai Exhibition Center (SEC) is located in the heart of the city. Completed in 1955, the SEC was designed in a classical Russian style, and originally named the "Sino-Soviet Friendship Building". Today, the SEC still plays a key role in the development of economics, politics, science and technology in Shanghai.
The popular Nanjing Road is easily accessible as are major shopping venues such as Plaza 66, Citic Plaza and Isetan. Besides the wealth of restaurants, antique shops and local boutiques, local highlights include the Bund, Peoples Square and Shanghai Museum, and Jing’an Temple, home to the largest sitting jade Buddha statue in the country.
There is a wide variety of accommodation in the area, with hotels catering to both business and leisure travelers. The Shanghai Railway Station is located in the area, Pudong International Airport is less than hour’s drive away, and Hongqiao Domestic Airport is less than half an hour away.