Paris is the capital of France. Located on the River Seine, Paris remains one of the most important economic powerhouses of Europe, hosting 33 of the World's Fortune 500 companies and home to a population of more than 10 million. Thanks to its reputation as the Food, Fashion, and Art capital of the world, Paris is one of the world's iconic cities.
From a Chinese perspective, Paris was seen as a conduit for cultural exchange, with its numerous universities and intellectuals. Indeed, before the Communist Revolution, many professional Chinese were educated in Paris. Even today, Shanghai is colloquially known as the "Paris of the East."