Pudong and the Concrete Jungle

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On the east side of the Huangpu River lies a world of concrete and steel, miles away from the city’s colonial past. Lujiazui is packed with skyscrapers, all higher than the other, and you find yourself tiny compared to the huge structures looming above your head.

We went up the Oriental Pearl Tower, one of Shanghai’s iconic tower. It actually looks pretty retro now compared to the other towers, such as the 420-metre high Jinmao Tower. Inside, it was like when we visited the Empire State building in New York—you have to queue, and queue again, and then just when you think you’re done, there is another lineup to the elevator.

Eventually, we made it up there and it wasn’t as crowded and we had feared it would be (phew!). The glass floor was pretty impressive although not as vertigo-inducing as the CN Tower in Toronto—or maybe it’s just me getting braver, who knows.

Oriental Pearl Tower

Oriental Pearl Tower

Skrycrapers

Skrycrapers

Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Mall in Lujiazui

Mall in Lujiazui

Huangpu River

Huangpu River

Higher Than the Clouds

Higher Than the Clouds

By the Huangpu

By the Huangpu

Boat Between Pudong and Puxi

Boat Between Pudong and Puxi

Boat Between Pudong and Puxi

Boat Between Pudong and Puxi

Pearl Tower from the Bund

Pearl Tower from the Bund

Jungle of Steel

Jungle of Steel

"No Climbing" Sign, Really?!

“No Climbing” Sign, Really?!

Construction Workers

Construction Workers

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lineup in the Pearl Tower

Lineup in the Pearl Tower

In the Elevator

In the Elevator

Pearl Tower

Pearl Tower

Pearl Tower

Pearl Tower

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Skyline of Shanghai

Top of the Pearl Tower

Top of the Pearl Tower

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