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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