Big – Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower

Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai

I just finished lamenting how un-big the backpack I’ll be living out of for the next 14 to 16 months is going to be, so it’s nice to have this antidote, courtesy of this week’s Wordress Photo Challenge.

This is the 88-story tall Jin Mao Tower, one of three skyscrapers that provide the primary focal points of Shanghai’s Pudong district, an area that Fox Nomad today reminded us requires about eight percent of this massive city’s total electrical output. I like how at this angle it appears to disappear into the night sky. At 421 meters, t’s the 13th tallest building in the world, but just the fifth tallest in China.

The top floor is an observation deck with incredible panoramic views of the city. My visit in May 2010 coincided with the World Expo, which meant long lines and long wait. Was it worth it? Absolutely. A few shots facing The Bund are below.

Shanghai from the Jin Mao tower’s 88th floor observation deck. 25-May-2010
Shanghai from the Jin Mao tower’s 88th floor observation deck. 25-May-2010
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  1. patriciaddrury says

    Looking forward to your travels…

    1. BobR says

      Me too, thanks. 🙂

  2. restlessjo says

    Great shots. You’ve got me daydreaming again.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! Have you been the Shanghai?

      1. restlessjo says

        Sadly no, but I do seem to daydream a lot …

  3. Jo Bryant says

    I love the perspective of that first image…great shot Jo

  4. gourmandchic says

    I am actually flying to Shanghai in a few hours. I worked on this project!!!!

    1. BobR says

      Cool! 🙂 You did a might fine job, by the way. 🙂

      1. gourmandchic says

        Thank you so much!!!

  5. The Wanderlust Gene says

    Wowee – you’re right, it’s a big building, Bob. And the shots of the city from above – gorgeous. I’ll get there one day – it’s where my father was born, in the British Concession, in 1908 .

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