Putuo District is located in the northwest of Shanghai City, adjacent to Jing’an, Changning, Jiading and Baoshan districts. Covering an area of 55.53km2, the district governs 8 sub-districts and 2 towns. With 14km of Suzhou Creek winding through, Putuo District has a shore line of 21km.
By the end of 2015, Putuo District has a permanent population of 1,288,000, including a registered population of 894,700 and a migrant population of 343,500.
Putuo District is situated in northwest of central Shanghai. As the starting point of Shanghai-Nanjing Development Axis, Putuo is an important on-land gate and transport hub of Shanghai to connect the Yangtze River Delta and the extensive inland. Putuo has a developed external transportation network, with 10km from Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub, and 50km from Pudong Airport. “Zero Transfer” is realized at Shanghai West Railway Station where Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity Railway, Metro Line 11，Metro Lines 15 and 21 in planning converge and form regional comprehensive three-dimensional traffic. In addition, the entry section of G2 Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed penetrates this area with S5 Shanghai-Jiading Expressway in the north. National Highways G204 and G312 both start from the district reaching out to Yangtze River valley, northeastern and northwestern China. Putuo also has a developed internal transportation network with the Inner, Middle and Outer Ring Roads and Metro Lines 3, 4, 7, 11 and 13 traversing through to connect with central districts and neighboring suburban areas.