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Full details about this futuristic pedestrian bridge in Pudong, Shanghai.

Shanghai Tower
Watch out for the opening of the Shanghai Tower in Lujiazui, Pudong in 2015. With 121 floors and at a height of 632m it is now the second tallest building in the world after the 829.8m Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Some architectural wonders in modern-day Shanghai.

The Lupu Bridge is 110 metres above the Huangpo River. An elevator takes the visitor to its main deck from where he can climb the 367 steps of the arc that leads to its summit.

This is the departure floor of the Pudong International Airport of Shanghai which is about 30 kms. away from the city center. Its Terminal 2 was open on March 26, 2008.
After hosting the World Expo 2010, the city of Shanghai has taken the limelight out of Beijing. But despite the great distance that separates it from Beijing one can easily board the night train at Beijing late in the evening and wake up the next morning in Shanghai. The Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway, construction of which started in April 2008, is now running and takes less than 5 hours travel time between Beijing and Shanghai! Full details of the Beijing-Shanghai train can be found here.

Shanghai at night as seen from both sides of the Huangpu River.

The Bund on the Puxi side of Shanghai seen in all its splendour with the buildings brightly illuminated at night. On the right is the clock tower at the top of Customs House. It has become a landmark of The Bund.

Not to be outdone, the fast-developing district of Pudong on the opposite side of The Bund, is equally well-illuminated. The night view of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower on the left is indeed striking.

Three roads that make Shanghai's reputation as an ultra-modern and sophisticated city.

East Nanjing Road (Nanjing Donglu) tops the list of the most popular shopping areas in Shanghai. Being traffic-free it is a favourite spot for strollers. But watch out for pickpockets! Map of East Nanjing Road and subway station here.

Huaihai Road is just as busy and always crowded with shoppers. You can find everything in the shops here despite the fact that they are less pretentious than the ones in Nanjing Street.

Tianyaoqiao Road is filled with shops and eateries. It is much frequented by the younger generation. Huge, leafy trees provide the much needed shelter for a leisurely stroll.

Glimpses of everyday life in Shanghai.

A porcelain seller in a street market at Shandong Road comes up with an ingenious idea to peddle her ware. Nothing can come in the way of these simple folks to earn an honest living, even if they have nothing to start with.

Poor but happy. Happiness is picnicking outside a department store in Huaihai Road. These three friends show that you really don't need much to be happy. Next page
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