The Shanghai Financial Center contains the world’s highest observatory. The building is nearly 500 meters tall with an elevator that rockets you up to about 440 meters in just over 60 seconds. There are two observatories – one at the 94th floor and one at the 100th floor. Both afford spectacular views of skyscrapers in all directions. Shanghai is a major International financial player and this building is one of the city’s proudest accomplishments.
Visitor’s walk through a patriotic presentation highlighting Shanghai versus NYC and Tokyo on the first floor. The amount of window glass used in this building is equal to a quarter of Japan’s entire output in a year. 91 elevators are in the building – the foundation goes into the earth about 250 feet…and lots of other fun facts!
The Bund is beautiful at night highlighting both Western architecture, Eastern as well as modern. This walkway along the river is insanely crowded at night! I spent 30 minutes trying to take a photo of the massive impressive looking copper bull because of crowds gathered around (same artist as created the Wall Street icon). Finally we got that perfect shot!
Stopped by a health club for massage. Turned into an hour of Chinese torture – all thumbs, with intense amounts of pressure radiated. Screamed out several times, massage therapist just laughed.
….off for more exploring today!
OH and hows this for perspective on Shanghai’s air quality – these photos were taken of the same two buildings approximately the same distance away on successive days (one zoomed in a bit more). One shows amazing (for Shanghai) air quality and the other shows “average” air quality. I hate to see what a “bad” air quality day looks and feels like. During the Shanghai Expo last year when factories were shut down the air quality was much improved for the duration of that event.