The financial district of Pundong in Shanghai is known worldwide for it’s beautiful skyline of mass skyscrapers that have been constructed over the last 25 years. The population in Shanghai has exploded and it is the fastest growing city in the world now home to over 23.5 million people. The skyscrapers have grown higher as each one is built and Shanghai hosts the world’s second tallest skyscraper: The Shanghai Tower.
Naturally, this area is the ideal place for street photography and is an architectural dream. The stunning Oriental Pearl Tower stands 468 metres tall and its unusual design attracts many visitors. In the photo above you can see the spheres and colours used in the buildings design.
As discussed in a previous blog here, you are able to visit the observation deck in the Shanghai World Financial Center 100 floors up with the buildings total height of 493 metres touching the clouds. I definitely recommend visiting this observation deck, the views from the top are unparalled and other skyscrapers like the Jin Mao Tower can be seen below you.
The new tallest building in China is The Shanghai Tower that was completed and opened to the public at the end of 2015. Unfortunately during my visit to Shanghai in the summer of 2015 the building was still under construction and I did not get a chance to visit the observation deck. It is now the worlds highest observation deck, even higher than that of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The building has a twisting design and is definitely an eye-catching piece of architecture.
I definitely aim to return to the Shanghai to visit the new Shanghai Tower to see if the view is greater than the one I had from the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center.
Always bear in mind that the smog can get very bad in Shanghai so if you are visiting any of the observation decks on the skyscrapers then make sure you go on a clear day to get the best view. From my photos you can see it was slightly cloudy but I still managed to get a few good shots. If you like heights and architecture that reaches the clouds then Shanghai is the place to visit.
How to get there:
Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui Station and walk for 3 or 4 minutes, you can see the skyscrapers from the station.
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