Putuo is conveniently located close to transportation links in northwest Shanghai, making it an important gateway to the Yangtze River Delta. The district covers an area of 55.47 square kilometers, and consists of 6 directly administered residential areas and 3 villages. As of of late 2011, Putuo’s population totaled 1.2972 million, of which 881,100 were registered residents.
The Suzhou Creek, Shanghai’s mother river, flows for 53.1 km within Shanghai’s borders, including 21 km in the city center and a total of 14.3 km in Putuo District, giving the district 21.5 km of riverfront property, more than any other district in Shanghai. The winding river creates a culturally and aesthetically rich landscape known as “the 18 bends in the Suzhou Creek.” The riverbank area is also considered the birthplace of China’s domestic manufacturing industry, and has witnessed Shanghai’s remarkable growth from its earliest beginnings.