Imagine a city with a virtually inexistent skyline for many decades. And then imagine that within the span of one-quarter of a century, the skyline suddenly rivals Manhattan’s, Dubai’s and Hong Kong’s as one of the most dynamic in the world. That’s Shanghai and, with this being a major stop in many of Nezasa’s China Trips, visitors can enjoy the Shanghai experience using our Quick Guide to the Best Views of Shanghai.
You can see here how much Shanghai’s skyline has changed over the last 26 years. It has two distinct neighborhoods including the Bund – which saw its construction heyday in the 1920s and 1930s and is home to numerous banking institutions – and Pudong, the site of much of the aforementioned new change. The real highlight of Shanghai is being able to gape at its numerous buildings, straining your neck as you look upwards.
More so, if you took a month-by-month shot of Pudong over the span of the last couple of decades, you’ll rarely find a month where the skyline looks the same as the previous month. Shanghai’s architectural explosion now includes 116 completed skyscrapers, making it home to the fourth most skyscrapers in the world after Hong Kong (295), New York City (231) and Dubai (140). Shanghai also has more free-standing buildings above 400 meters than any city in the world except for Chicago.
It’s also home to the Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest building in China and the third-tallest in the world at 1,614 feet (492 meters). It’ll soon be dwarfed by the Shanghai Tower which on completion will be 2,073 feet (632 meters) and the second-tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
What does this all mean? Numerous vantage points with spectacular views of a fast-changing modern city skyline. You can sample a drink while gazing out over this architectural paradise. Or have dinner with the family while watching the skies darken as the city lights up at nighttime. Nezasa’s collection of the very best viewpoints of Shanghai – both of the Bund and Pudong – will come in handy here. Download a copy, print it out, and make headway to one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.
Get your Quick Guide here: Best Views of Shanghai