Futuristic architecture in Pudong, Shanghai 24 Aug 2018

Posted on 24 Aug 2018
Shanghai Pudong architecture with urban skyscrapers, China
Shanghai Pudong architecture with urban skyscrapers, China
Shanghai Pudong architecture with urban skyscrapers, China

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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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