Take the magnetic-levitation train from the airport to Pudong. It was the first of its kind and hits 430km/hr! Buckle up.
Pudong has utterly transformed over the last twenty years, in a way perhaps only China’s cities can. Not long ago the area was mainly farmland with the odd warehouse and wharf on the bank of the Huangpu River. But in 1993 the Chinese government declared it a Special Economic Zone and everything changed: now Pudong is a financial hub of modern China and the most populous district of Shanghai.
Pudong in fact now dominates Shanghai’s skyline. It is home to some landmark steel and glass constructions, including the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Building, and the dizzying Shanghai World Financial Centre, which stands 494 metres tall. But all that pales in comparison with the Shanghai Tower that comes in at 565.6 metres. Be sure to visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, where you can enjoy views of the city from any of its fifteen observatory levels.
Back at ground level, Pudong is also home to Century Park, Shanghai’s largest. It’s a welcome bit of nature and green in a district that is all new and shiny, and its also just a brief walk from the city’s Science and Technology Museum. Meanwhile, along Century Boulevard there are also eight botanical gardens dedicated to Chinese trees such as Cherry, Chinese Redbud, and Willow, and the city’s aquarium and natural history museum add to the representatives of the animal kingdom, albeit in a perfectly manicured way.
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