Futuristic architecture in Pudong, Shanghai 24 Aug 2018
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Twenty years ago, Pudong (literally meaning east of the Huangpu River) was a rambling collection of warehouses, farms, and small houses. Then in 1992 a plan was hatched that would turn Pudong into a global financial centre that would rival or even eclipse Hong Kong. The New Area is scattered over a whopping 522 sq km of land, Pudon'gs thrusting skyscrapers represent Shanghai's high-reaching global ambitions. The area's glass towers and wide, orderly streets are a complete contrast to the bustling, atmospheric neighbourhoods of Puxi.
For travellers, Pudong's highlight is generally futuristic architecture. A trio of the world's tallest towers dominate the riverside. Those looking for sky-high views over Shanghai can head up to the SWFC Observatory's Sky Walk 100. The 55m-long glass corridor stretches across the trapezoidal gap on the 100th floor, with transparent inset floor panels allowing visitors to peer 474 metres down the city below.
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