Hotel Lobby, Shanghai
China loves setting records. The lobby of the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai is on the 53rd floor. It held the record for the highest lobby in the world until the Shanghai Park Hyatt eclipsed it. This is a view of the lobby from the observation floor on the 88th floor.
While the orange "sand protection" booties might give away the fact that these are tourists visiting the Gobi desert near Dunhuang, China, the sight still gave me a sense of the Silk Road that passed through this area, carrying merchants, Marco Polo, and now, weekend vacationers from Shanghai and Beijing. There was a timelessness to the mighty dunes, the endless sky, and the wending caravans.
Hakka Earth Building, Fujian Province
The traditional residential buildings in the western part of Fujian Province in southeast China, Hakka earth buildings, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is one of the out-of-use earth buildings in a remote village.