Shanghai is the largest commercial and financial city of China. It is located on the east coast, near the Yangtze River Delta. The city had the first creative industry units such as the first design, film and music studios in China. Shanghai is a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Design since February 2010, demonstrating its determination to put design at the core of its sustainable economic growth and development plan. It became home to 87 Creative Clusters, over 4,000 innovative design-related agencies and institutions, 283 art institutions, 239 art and cultural community centres, 100 museums, 25 libraries and 743 archive institutions by the end of 2013.
The UNESCO Creative City Promotion Office within the framework of the Municipal Commission of Economy and Technology was established in Shanghai to become the main governmental organization responsible for promoting the subnetwork of Cities of Design through upgrading industries and mobilizing all related sectors; promoting the planning and implementation of policies; and supporting international cooperation and exchange in the creative design industries.