Exploring Pudong New Area, the Showcase of Modern Shanghai

Shanghai World Financial Center

The Shanghai World Financial Center is a super tall skyscraper in Shanghai, Shanghai World Financial Centerconsisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component. It becomes the highest in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower.

Opening in August, 2008, Shanghai World Financial Center has temporarily claimed the highest roof in China; the skyscraper’s roof height is set at 492 m. There are 3 observation decks in Shanghai World Financial Center. The height of its lowest observation deck is 423 m (1,388 ft), on the 94th floor, the second is 439 m (1,440 ft) high, on the 97th floor, named “Observatory Bridge”, and the highest is 474 m (1,555 ft) high, on the 100th floor.

Pudong Riverside Promenade

Pudong’s answer to the Bund, this strip of green along the east bank of the Huangpu River offers a fine view of the Bund at a distance. Pudong Riverside PromenadeAfter dark, when the buildings along the Bund are lit up and beacon lights sweep the river lanes, the view is one of the best in Shanghai. The Riverside Promenade also affords marvelous views of Pudong’s skyscrapers. Extending from Dongchang Lu and the river ferry terminal in the south to Taidong Lu in the north, the 2.5km-long promenade consists of manicured lawns, flower beds, and a broad walkway dotted with kiosks. Starbucks and Haagen-Dazs have staked out the best spots in the middle section around the Shangri-La hotel, so you can now have your view and your latte and ice cream too.

Lujiazui Central Green Belt

The Lujiazui Central Green is located at the entrance of the East Yan’an Rd. Tunnel, Covering an area of 100,000 square meters. Shanghai Lujiazui Central Green BeltAt the entrance is a group of huge steel sculptures named Spring, which resemble eight flowers in full bloom. The Central Green is covered by 65,000 square meters of an all-the-year-round-green-type turf. In the center of it lies a man-made lake of 8,600 square meters, which resembles a map of the Pudong New Area. The magnolia shaped pathway and the lake look like the city emblem of Shanghai. The key scene of the Central Green is the spurting fountains, which consist of a main and spurting-into-the-sky fountain surrounded by two circles of subsidiary fountains. On the western bank of the lake is over 600 square meters panorama sail.

Century Avenue

Winding from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to the Pudong Century Park, the Century Avenue is 5 kilometers long and 100 meters wide, with unique layout of asymmetric lanes and the integration of lanes with 8 botanical gardens. Shanghai Century AvenueThe eight Chinese Botanical Gardens is on the north side of the Century Avenue, each with the length of 180 meters and the width of 17.6 meters. Along the Century Avenue, sculptures on the subject of Time are on display to emphasize on the meaning of trans-century. The huge sculpture named “Oriental Light” at the crossing of the Yanggao Rd. and the sculptures of the ancient timing instruments such as “Time of the Day” and “Wu Xing” make the Century Avenue the only urban sculptures exhibition on the subject of Time all over the world.

Jinmao Tower Shanghai Jinmao Tower

Jinmao Tower, one of the symbolic buildings of the 21st century in Shanghai, is a 88-story high-rise with the height of 420.5 meters. It is the second highest building in China, completed in 1998.

The main building is from the 1F to 52F, which is used for offices. From the 53F to 87F is a five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel and the 88F is for sightseeing.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite the Bund of Shanghai. Oriental Pearl TV Tower

At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, the tower features 11 spheres, big and small. The two biggest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50m (164 ft) for the lower and 45m (148 ft) for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9m (30 ft) in diameter. The highest sphere is 14m (46 ft) in diameter. The entire building is supported by three enormous columns that start underground.

The tower has fifteen observatory levels. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350m (1,148 ft)). The lower levels are at 263m (863 ft)(Sightseeing Floor) and at 90m (295 ft) (Space City). There is a revolving restaurant at the 267m (876 ft)level.

Shanghai International Convention Center

On the west side of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower stands the world class Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai International Convention Centerwhich is another landmark of Shanghai due to its unique style. In the convention center, there are a 4,300-sq.m. modern multifunctional hall, a 3,600-sq.m. news center, modern conference halls, press centers, hotels, dining rooms and entertainment facilities. All these facilities are constructed according to the international standards. On both sides of the conference hall, there are two huge balls with the map of the world printed on them. Many well-known international conferences have been held here, including APEC 2001 and ’99 Fortune Global Forum.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, a public aquarium in Shanghai, is home to an Oranda goldfish named Bruce which measures 17.129 in. from snout to tail fin! Bruce was named after Bruce Lee. Shanghai Ocean AquariumThe Shanghai Ocean aquarium also has the longest underwater tunnel in the world. When coming to SOA, your fascinating “round the world” underwater journey begins from the Yangtze River in China, then on to the mysterious flooded forest of the Amazon in South America. Next you will find yourselves at the mangroves and billabongs of Australia. You will then meander through the rivers of Africa before arriving at the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Brave the cold as you go through the icy waters of the Antarctic. The last leg of your journey will take you from the sandy shores to the depths of the ocean.

Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom

Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdom, Shanghai Natural Wild-Insect Kingdomlocated between the Riverside Promenade and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, is the first of its kind in China. The birds and the bees, the beetles and the butterflies, all your usual creepy crawlies are on display in this kingdom. It houses several galleries, including a tropical rainforest and a reptile cave. Some of the insect models can be pretty tacky to adult eyes, but kids like the interactive exhibits where they can feed critters and catch fish.

Century Park

Century Park Shanghai Century Parkis the largest park of the city of Shanghai, situated in Pudong New Area. The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is nearby. The park includes a concert stage. The park’s landscaping combines British, Japanese, and Chinese gardening styles. You can hire tandem bicycles or cycling-cars to travel through it.

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is a large museum in Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai Science and Technology Museumclose to Century Park, the largest park of the city. It aims at offering visitors a unique experience in the modern scientific discipline under the theme of ‘Nature, People and Science’. The museum incorporates 4-D Theatre, IMAX 3-D Large Format Theatre, IMAX Dome Theatre, and some exhibition areas including AV Paradise, Wide Spectrum of Life, Children’s Technoland, Earth’s Crust Exploration, Light of Wisdom, and Cradle of Designers, etc.

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