Travel Diary: Shanghai’s Shifting Skyline

Shanghai’s Shifting Skyline

We travel to China four times a year, and it’s always fun to watch the changing skyline. It has changed dramatically from our first visit in 2006, and I was curious to see what it looked like 20+ years ago. A friend recently sent me a photo, and I was blown away…

Shanghai’s Skyline 1987

Here’s a shot of Shanghai in 1987. Wow! The skyline today is really beginning to rival Hong Kong. And from what I hear, that’s exactly what the government intends to achieve.

Shanghai’s Shifting Skyline

Shanghai is the world’s fastest growing city – growing at a rate of 10% a year. The current population is 23.5 – nearly double what it was in 1987.

Shanghai Tower

This is the newest tower going up – Shanghai Tower. It will be China’s tallest building and the world’s second tallest skyscraper, at 2,073 ft high. It is scheduled to finish by the end of 2014.

Shanghai’s Skyline

It goes up into the clouds…

Xiao Nan Guo

One of our favorite Shanghainese restaurants overlooks the Bund – Shanghai Min (in Mandarin it’s Xiao Nan Guo). After indulging in amazing hong shao rou (red-cooked pork) our tradition is to take an evening stroll and check out the ever-changing river skyline.

The ghosts/buildings of Shanghai’s past

The ghosts/buildings of Shanghai’s past, still line the Puxi side of the Huangpu River. These stately historical Bund buildings once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the around the world.

Today they are home to high end restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques and museums.

Today they are home to high end restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques and museums.

Shanghai continues to be one of the most dynamic, interesting cities in the world

It’s fun to see the old and new in close juxtaposition. Shanghai continues to be one of the most dynamic, interesting cities in the world.

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