Shanghai Cityscape: Photo Essay on Urban Architecture in Shanghai

Who says Shanghai skies are never blue? I was lucky enough to witness clear blue skies and fluffy white clouds for the duration of my trip to Shanghai (One week!) in November 2010. The downtown city skyline completely blew me away. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this on any of my travels.

Luckily, I had a business meeting in one of Shanghai’s iconic landmarks, Jin Mao Tower. After my meeting was over, I cruised up to the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel and took in a bird’s eye view of the city. The 88-floor skyscraper is located alongside a ring of other towering skyscrapers in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district of Shanghai.

It’s almost impossible to fathom that this district of Shanghai was agricultural land in the 1980s. Today, it is blessed with wide sidewalks, beautiful landscaped parks, bicycle lanes, and underground tunnels.

This skyline, one of the most impressive in the world in my opinion, is a true testament to the genius of mankind.

City Series - Shanghai

City Series - Shanghai

City Series - Shanghai

City Series - Shanghai

BANK OF CHINA BUILDING – This is the building that Tom Cruise bungee jumped from in Mission: Impossible III.

City Series - Shanghai

JUXTAPOSITION

City Series - Shanghai

SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER

City Series - Shanghai

JIN MAO TOWER

City Series - Shanghai

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

14 thoughts on “Shanghai Cityscape: Photo Essay on Urban Architecture in Shanghai

    Mica

    (April 27, 2011 - 3:29 pm)

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning. I would love to visit Shanghai!!

      Carrie

      (April 28, 2011 - 7:39 am)

      Thank you, Mica! I hope you are able to make it there some day soon!

    ava

    (April 27, 2011 - 4:49 pm)

    Gorgeous! I expected there to be hordes of bikes and people everywhere like in Taipei! It seems so peaceful.

      Carrie

      (April 28, 2011 - 7:38 am)

      Ava,

      Me, too! The downtown area is quite clean, but the real stories lie in the suburbs. All of the old buildings are still there, and I love seeing old folks wandering the streets in their jammies.

    neha

    (April 28, 2011 - 5:57 am)

    These are stunning! The first photo looks so much like a mirage, like it will disappear the minute you reach out.

      Carrie

      (April 28, 2011 - 7:37 am)

      Neha,

      Thank you so much! It was sheer luck having such great weather all week. My favorite one in this series is the Bank of China Building. I love how little the people look in comparison to that giant steel and glass tower.

    ACP Architects

    (April 29, 2011 - 9:33 am)

    What fantastic pictures! These buildings are great examples of modern architecture – the World Financial Centre is a favourite of mine. Thank you for sharing.

    James Clark

    (May 2, 2011 - 3:27 pm)

    I was there in November 2010 as well, and I can attest to the same blue skies! Too bad we didn’t cross paths.

      Carrie

      (May 3, 2011 - 1:10 am)

      Hi James,

      That is too bad. A meet-up would’ve been cool! 🙂

    Sonya

    (May 11, 2011 - 6:04 pm)

    Stunning photo essay! I’m always amazed by the architecture of cities.

    Cornelius Aesop

    (May 18, 2011 - 1:55 pm)

    Beautiful pictures, it’s always nice when big cities have buildings that make the area more appealing.

    SpunkyGirl

    (May 18, 2011 - 3:01 pm)

    Amazing photos, Carrie!!

      Carrie

      (May 18, 2011 - 3:22 pm)

      Thanks Pam! The weather isn’t usually so accommodating. 🙂

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