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Soaring superstructures
The city boasts some of the tallest sky scrapers in the world, and its space-age forest of terrifyingly tall towers has come to define a confident and brash, modern China.
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Jinmao Tower
For almost 10 years, the tallest building in Shanghai was the beautiful 421m-tall pagoda-like Jinmao Tower. Replete with symbolism, it has 88 floors (eight being the ultimate lucky number to the Chinese), while its 13 stepped bands allude to Buddhist imagery.
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Shanghai World Financial Centre
In 2008 Jinmao was usurped by its new next-door neighbour, the striking Shanghai World Financial Centre, a 492m-tall bottle-opener lookalike that is currently the world’s third-tallest building.
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Oriental Pearl TV Tower
For an example of a structure that that the designers did not get quite right, look no further than the gaudy Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a 468m-tall tower with a shocking-pink bauble design.
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Tomorrow Square
On the other side of the river, overlooking People’s Park, a glorious, gleaming tower known as Tomorrow Square, proves that eye-catching Shanghai skyscrapers do not have to be built in Pudong, the city’s financial district.
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Shanghai Grand Theatre
Some of Shanghai’s best-looking contemporary buildings are decidedly low-rise. The Shanghai Grand Theatre combines Chinese sweeping eaves with a futuristic employment of plastic and glass.
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Concession architecture
Shanghai is particularly rich in concession architecture, with the Bund being a fabulous highlight. Remnants of old Shanghai, these buildings are part of the city’s genetic code and are inseparable from its sense of identity as the former “Paris of the East”.
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