The world trade building is the second tallest building in Shanghai and third in the world. Everyone who sees it feels that it reminds them of something. Whenever someone suggests bottle opener they say, yes, that's it! Well the new building going up next to it looks like a bottle. Now there is a pair!
The new building is called the Shanghai Tower. It will have the worlds highest hotel and be 121 floors or 2070 feet tall! It will be the second tallest building in the world and tallest in China.
Across the Huangpu river from the Bund is the wonderful sight that is Pudong, the financial district. The towers are visible throuhout the city but, as you top the stairs by the river the view is awesome. Traffic on the river seems never ending.
The "Christmas tree decoration" is the Oriental Pearl tv tower and the large one to the right is the Jin Mao tower, see later tips.
Was so excited to see the Pudong skyline! It's a nice skyline and I'm sure it will get better in the years to come. I think it's pretty futuristic looking with the Pearl Oriental Tower.
It's good to have a tripod when you're here! I made do without. It also helps to have an 8GB card and really steady hands.
Pudong is the neighborhood on the eastern bank of Shanghai's main river, the Huangpu. Until the past 20 years, its was much less developed than Puxi, the western side of the river. However, over the past 10 years, development activity in Pudong has exploded, with one skyscraper after another being built. The only place in the world with comparable levels of skyscraper construction activity over the past few years is Dubai. Pudong is now the primary financial center of Shanghai.
The signature building of Pudong is the Oriental Pearl Tower, a huge TV tower with a number of globe-shaped sections. The tallest completed building in Pudong is the Jin Mao Tower, an 88-floor office building and hotel whose exterior has pagoda-like features. The new Shanghai World Financial Center, which is under construction nearby, will be an even taller 101 floors. In addition to office buildings and hotels, Pudong is also the site of Shanghai's aquarium.
If you visit Pudong, the best thing to do is to get a great view of the city from one of the skyscrapers. Both the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Jin Mao building have observation decks tht are open to tourists.
Anyone arriving in Shanghai at night from the airport for the first time is immediately taken with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower as it monopolizes an already amazing emerging skyline. It soars over the Huangpu river from the Pudong area and one might imagine it as an incredible space ship landing. Dramatic lighting effects highlight this unusual structure.
Being the third tallest building of the world and the tallest building in China, the 88-stories Jin Mao Tower is located in the center of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong. It is 420.5 meters (almost 1380 feet) tall and covers an area of 2.3 hectares (5.68 acres).
At the base of the tower is Pudong Park which was designed as a contrast to the massive commercial development of the Special Economic Zone of Pudong. There are wonderful views across the river from the "New Bund" to the original.
The Pudong New Area is a nice place to walk around. This has become a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). As a young area, it symbolizes everything that is new and exciting in Shanghai. Oriental Pearl TV Tower & Jinmao Tower, two of Shanghai's famous landmarks can be found here. Plenty of people, locals and tourists alike frequented this place. There is a huge park where children can run and play. There are also food stalls around. Tall beautiful buildings surrounds the area.
The Pudong skyline, viewed from The Bund, represents shiny "new" Shanghai. New Shanghai clearly means skyscrapers to the town planners here. I'm told a building in Shanghai cannot be classified as "high-rise" unless it exceeds 20 floors! The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is an obvious landmark, but look out also for the rather graceful Jinmao Tower, China's tallest building.
Chinese dress, Peking opera, Tai Chi and bicycle... We usually think of China in terms of things like that. On the other hand, China actually has another aspect. Pudong area is a symbol of developing China. There are lots of skyscrapers in this area. It may not be easy to find good old China there but this inorganic and geometric scenes are also typical Chinse landscape now.
Pictured here, a nocturnal view of the exterior of the soaring Jinmao Building, located in Shanghai's futuristic Pudong district, the budding financial and business center of modern China... This particular building is occupied by the Grand Hyatt Hotel, beginning at the 54th floor and continuing up to the 87th floor... Both the 54th and the 87th floors have observation decks though there is a minimum fee of around USD $15 to visit the 87th floor...
Shanghai Pudong Development Bank stands amidst the old section of Shanghai, alongside the Bund and the Huangpu Jiang, that was formerly occupied by the various foreign imperialist powers... Formerly called the "Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank", nowadays this aging, Europeanate structure is the site of an important Chinese bank... Also, for many years after the revolution of 1949, this was the headquarters of the Shanghai Communist Party...
PuDong New Territory
Could you believe that this metropolis appeared practically out of nowhere in less than 10 years??? The entire place was nothing but old warehouses and rice fields until a few years ago. Now it boasts higher skyscrapers than the ones in NYC..
From the Bund side of Hongpu River you can have this magnificent dayview of Pudong skyline: on the foreground are the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Building.
From the "Bund" you could get memorable views of Pudong at night. The magnificent lights represent China's booming economy, as it finally comes out of half a century of stagnant growth.
Few years ago there was just a field on the Pudong New area. Here you can see what happened with that field. And there are a much more projects under construction...
Pudong skyline in the making. I'll definitely be back!
In this building, one can get a glimpse of the massive construction work undergoing in Shanghai.