Shanghai Cityscape: Photo Essay on Urban Architecture in Shanghai


Who says Shanghai skies are never blue? I was lucky enough to witness clear blue skies and fluffy white clouds for the duration of my trip to Shanghai (One week!) in November 2010. The downtown city skyline completely blew me away. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this on any of my travels.

Luckily, I had a business meeting in one of Shanghai’s iconic landmarks, Jin Mao Tower. After my meeting was over, I cruised up to the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel and took in a bird’s eye view of the city. The 88-floor skyscraper is located alongside a ring of other towering skyscrapers in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district of Shanghai.

It’s almost impossible to fathom that this district of Shanghai was agricultural land in the 1980s. Today, it is blessed with wide sidewalks, beautiful landscaped parks, bicycle lanes, and underground tunnels.

This skyline, one of the most impressive in the world in my opinion, is a true testament to the genius of mankind.

City Series - Shanghai

City Series - Shanghai

City Series - Shanghai

City Series - Shanghai


BANK OF CHINA BUILDING – This is the building that Tom Cruise bungee jumped from in Mission: Impossible III.

City Series - Shanghai


City Series - Shanghai



City Series - Shanghai


City Series - Shanghai

Carrie Kellenberger
Canadian expat Carrie Kellenberger has kept a home base with her husband in Asia since 2003. A prolific traveler, Carrie has funded her travels primarily as a writer, editor, travel blogger and photographer, but she has also worked as an educator, voice over artist, model and nightclub singer. She draws upon her 15+ years of travel experience to write about travel-related issues and the countries she has visited on her award-winning web site, My Several Worlds.

Her photography and travel articles have appeared in both print and online publications around the world, including Travel and Leisure Asia, Unearthing Asia and Hip Compass Escapes.
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