Shanghai in a foreigner’s eyes
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A typical visitor’s perspective, I even don’t go these places by myself, not to mention taking the magnetic levitation. I prefer the boutiques on Shanxi Road and Chang le Road or some lovley art factories along the Su Zhou River.Anyway, It reminds me of Shanghai,my hometown~
Every year Shanghai’s skyline looks more like a backdrop from the original Star Trek TV show.
It’s even crazier at night.
Their most recent addition is the Shanghai World Financial Center, which opened to the public about 6 weeks ago. At 470 meters, its observation deck is the highest of any building in the world (excluding towers like the CN in Toronto, and the Burj in Dubai which isn’t quite finished yet).
It also has the distinction of being the world’s largest bottle opener.
This model shows the original concept, which included a giant alien bird thing at the top. They had to cut it for safety reasons.
The Financial Center towers over the adjacent Jin Mao, which was once the third tallest building in the world. It now looks diminished and bitter — the Jeb Bush of skyscrapers.
The top part of the bottle opener has glass floors so you can look down at the bottom part of the bottle opener. Likewise, from the bottom part, you can look up at the top.
This is all much more horrifying than it sounds. To illustrate, behold the abject terror of this bratty little kid.
World’s ballsiest window washers.
The area surrounding the Financial Center is littered with dozens of also-ran skyscrapers. They’re all very nice, and all practically invisible next to the bottle opener and the totally ridiculous, sphere-adorned Oriental Pearl tower.
Pudong is the little peninsula with all the skyscrapers on it. We took a ferry across for about $0.17. It was a mad rush of scooters amongst the constant stream of barges along the Huang Pu river.
To get back we took the “tourist tunnel,” which is a tram that runs underneath the river. It costs 50 times more, but it includes a light show and inflatable creatures that bang against the carriage, so that’s some added value.
Visited the Yu Yuan gardens. Meh.
Smelled one of the worst odors I’ve ever come across in my life.
Melissa very nearly flash-vomited.
A stroll along the Bund.
The People’s Heroes Memorial celebrates the two founding principles of modern Shanghai: tallness and concreteness.
Here’s a tip: when naming your restaurant, avoid the word “waterborne”.
Stayed at the Grand Hyatt. After an exhausting first day, we didn’t even leave the hotel for the second day and instead made the most of its fantastic gym/pool/spa facility.
This is a new kind of travel for me. I could get used to doing it on occasion.
Took the Mag Lev train to the airport — as in “magnetic levitation.” It’s the first commercial mag lev train in the world. It can reach a top speed of about 430kph, but ours topped off at 301kph.
The train only runs 30 kilometers, so it’s a brisk 7 minute ride. You get up to speed, then you start slowing down. I can only assume it’s more of a “tech demo” than anything else. A few months ago they announced a new line connecting Shanghai to Hangzhou about 150 km’s away, so maybe that’ll feel a bit more purposeful.
That’s Nick, who we’re traveling with.