Chelsea legend Drogba: I've joined Shanghai Shenhua to develop Chinese football
The Ivory Coast international insists the time is right to try and achieve something more than winning trophies.
"It was a professional decision based on what I've done for the last eight years with Chelsea and what I did in Europe, winning the Champions League," said Drogba.
"I think it was the right time to go to a different continent because as I've said before I love to travel.
"I love to learn and to see different cultures. So for me it's a very good experience.
"It's a challenge. People say 'yeah Chinese football is not so good'.
"Maybe it's a bit ambitious as a reference point to take David Beckham but people were saying when he went to America that it's not a good move.
"And what he has done for the MLS - the publicity - it has no price.
"So that's why I am going there as well. I want to do something good for Chinese football. I want to help them to grow and develop."