26 November 2007

China - Shanghai

View of Shanghai skyline from the Captain Hostel, 37 Fuzhou Road, just off the Bund

Wedding photography on the Bund

People's Square

East Nanjing Road - Shanghai's 42nd Street

The infamous skyline of the Pudong district

The equally infamous Bund district

Competing to be Shanghai's tallest: SOM's Jinmao tower (completed 1999) on the left and the World Finance Tower on the right, currently under construction, by Kohn Pedersen Fox. Here's a graphic showing the world's 10 tallest buildings - Jinmao Tower is #7 and World Finance is #4, from left to right.

The Jinmao tower is by far my favorite, and really beautiful up close:

The tallest atrium in the world - the Hyatt in the Jinmao Tower.

The Pudong district with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the background

Longtang, Shanghai's version of Beijing's hutong, or traditional, now backstreet, housing for urban communities.

Don't remember the name of this park

Temple of the Gods

Field trip

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Grand Theatre

To get to the airport, take the MagLev - the world's first levitating train. The cars are suspended above the tracks by a magnetic field instead of sitting on the tracks with wheels, and reaches up to a speed of 430 km/hour, or 267 mph.

The top speed of the MagLev during my trip was 300 km/h, or 186 mph.


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