Route of the Kami
Sitting at the mouth of the Yangtze where the river empties into the Pacific, Shanghai has always been a major port city. In the 1990s the Chinese government promoted a major modernization campaign for Shanghai, and by the turn of the millennium it had become a cosmopolitan metropolis rivaling Hong Kong in glamour.
The Republic Civil War dimmed a bit of Shanghai’s luster, but the city soon found fame in another arena. With all the piracy along the Chinese coast, Shanghai has become a pirate haven, a modern-day Tortuga. Some businesses set up shop in the territory (Transys Neuronet, for example, has its regional headquarters here), but the spoils of privateering are the real moneymakers in Shanghai.
> Because of its strategic location, Shanghai is generally regarded as neutral territory: it has no extradition treaties with other nations or megacorps, and the pirates observe an unwritten code of not attacking one another. Consequently, pirates and privateers can walk the Shanghai docks with relative freedom while acquiring supplies, fencing loot or seeking letters of marque from various sponsors.
> China Hand
> So if you’ve got a beef with another pirate, you resort to spying and then hire deniable shadowrunners to stab your rival in the back.
Nine of the districts govern Puxi (literally Huangpu River west), or the older part of urban Shanghai on the west bank of the Huangpu River. These nine districts are collectively referred to as Shanghai Proper (上海市区) or the core city (市中心):
- Huangpu District (黄浦区 Huángpǔ Qū): Financial District
- Luwan District (卢湾区 Lúwān Qū): Fashion District
- Xuhui District (徐汇区 Xúhuì Qū): Entertainment District
- Changning District (长宁区 Chángníng Qū): Central Airport
- Jing’an District (静安区 Jìng’ān Qū): Nightlife District
- Putuo District (普陀区 Pǔtuó Qū): Middle Class District
- Zhabei District (闸北区 Zháběi Qū): High-tech District
- Hongkou District (虹口区 Hóngkǒu Qū): Residential District
- Yangpu District (杨浦区 Yángpǔ Qū): Political District
Pudong (literally Huangpu River east), or the newer part of urban and suburban Shanghai on the east bank of the Huangpu River, is governed by:
- Pudong New District (浦东新区 Pǔdōng Xīn Qū) — Chuansha County until 1992, merged with Nanhui District in 2009
Seven of the districts govern suburbs, satellite towns, and rural areas further away from the urban core:
- Baoshan District (宝山区 Bǎoshān Qū) — Baoshan County until 1988
- Minhang District (闵行区 Mǐnháng Qū) — Shanghai County until 1992
- Jiading District (嘉定区 Jiādìng Qū) — Jiading County until 1992
- Jinshan District (金山区 Jīnshān Qū) — Jinshan County until 1997
- Songjiang District (松江区 Sōngjiāng Qū) — Songjiang County until 1998
- Qingpu District (青浦区 Qīngpǔ Qū) — Qingpu County until 1999
- Fengxian District (奉贤区 Fèngxián Qū) — Fengxian County until 2001
Chongming Island, an island at the mouth of the Yangtze, is governed by:
- Chongming County (崇明县 Chóngmíng Xiàn)
Wuxing, Incorporated, has the largest influence in Shanghai, locally based in Chongming County. They have access to the forest there, which helps them gather magical ingredients.