Views of Shanghai

As I flew down to Shanghai (into the Hongqiao airport) from Beijing this week, I had an amazing view across the city.  It is really quite the reminder of how many people live here because as far as my eye could see, the landscape is filled with apartment buildings and sky-scraper office blocks.  Oh well, you have to put 24 million people somewhere!

Apartment building after apartment building.  Most of these are 15-25 floors high.

Apartment building after apartment building. Most of these are 15-25 floors high.

As we got lower, I had a fantastic view (below).  This is a low smog day, but you can still the haze across the city.  It would be wonderful to take this picture on a completely clear day.  The tallest building on the right of the photo (immediately below the wing tip) is the building that I work in – Wheelock Square.  This building is 298 metres tall and has 61 floors – I work on the 47th floor and have a great view.

The view to Downtown Shanghai.  The Bottle Opener can clearly be seen.

The view to Downtown Shanghai. The Bottle Opener can clearly be seen along with the new tallest building in China – the Shanghai Tower.  You can barely make out the Oriental Pearl Tower at the left of the 2 tall buildings.

China’s tallest structure, The Shanghai Tower, is almost complete.  Construction is supposed to be officially over on August 3rd with an opening scheduled for early next year.  It is also going to rank in the world’s top 5 tallest buildings at 632 metres high with 121 floors.  They have been building it since 2009.  It has been designed and built with many “green” themes and has won awards in both China and USA (architects) for this.  This is what it will look like when complete:

The Shanghai World Financial Center aka "The Bottle Opener", the Jin Mao Tower and The Shanghai Tower - new skyline of downtown.

The Shanghai World Financial Center aka “The Bottle Opener”, the Jin Mao Tower and The Shanghai Tower – new skyline of downtown.
Source: http://www.asiagreenbuildings.com

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