Travel Report: The Pudong Skyline, Shanghai.
March 2019. Throw out a quick Google search on the world’s top ten city skylines and there’s nearly always a spot for Shanghai and its amazing Pudong Skyline. Pudong means East of the river and in this case China’s most famous row of skyscrapers sit snugly on the eastern bank of The Huangpu River. It’s best viewed from the other side from The Bund, a one-mile promenade home to the city’s best preserved collection of colonial era buildings.
March 2019. Among The Pudong’s wondrous line of skyscrapers, most people find their eyes initially drawn to Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China at 632-metres. Its design is incredible, featuring what is essentially nine cylindrical structures stacked on top of each other, its glass facade completing a 120-degree twist as it rises up the 128 floors. Visitors can access the 118th and 199th floor observation decks, with access gained through a host of online operators, such as Klook. The sleek, golden building on the left is Aurora Plaza, home to the famous electronics company. At night video projections are played on the building’s facade.
My favorite Pudong Skyline building is probably the 468-meter high Oriental Pearl TV Tower with its distinctive pair of golf ball domes. Built in 1994, today it’s home to the Shanghai History Museum and a gaming center with an indoor rollercoaster! You can also visit the 249 meter glass floor observatory and, if you’re feeling really flush, grab a bite at the even higher (267 meter) revolving restaurant.
While I was putting this article together I found an old 2009 shot of myself gazing out at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, so of course I was keen to grab a 2019 photo and put them side by side. I wish I could say I’m aging as well as the tower!
Another of The Pudong Skyline’s more distinctive buildings is Shanghai International Convention Center with its giant sphere globes. Their glass exteriors are decorated with world maps, championing the idea of “Shanghai stepping into the world”.
The Pudong is one of the most photographed areas of China with literally thousands and thousand of people clicking away at any given moment. Photographers come to set up their tripods and newlyweds and brides and grooms to-be come to have their picture taken against its dramatic backdrop. Whatever time of day you happen to drop by there’s always a buzzing atmosphere.
All of the Pudong Skyline photos in this article were taken from The Bund on the western side of The Huangpu River.
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