Saturday, November 11, 2006

Shanghai Rising

The Shanghai Bund stretches one mile along the bank of the Huangpu River. And it houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles. The Huangpu River is a 97 km long river in China flowing through Shanghai. Shanghai gets most of its drinking water from Huangpu, which thus plays an important part for the metropolis. It divides the city into two regions : Pudong (east) and Puxi (west).
Since the beginning of its development in 1990 when plans were first announced, Pudong has emerged as China's financial and commercial hub. Pudong is home to a skyline that includes the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Jin Mao Tower, symbolic of Shanghai and China's economic development.
At 468 m high, the Oriental Pearl Tower is the tallest tower in Asia, and the third tallest tower in the world.
The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses. Despite the new city of Pudong to the east, Puxi remains Shanghai's cultural, residential, and even economic centre.
Together with the neighbouring HSBC Building, the Customs House is seen as one of the symbols of the Bund and Shanghai.
The most famous feature of the Customs House is the clock tower.
The HSBC Building (left building) is a six-floor neo-classical building in the Bund area of Shanghai. It was the headquarters of the Shanghai branch of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation from 1923 to 1955.
The Mandarine City Service Apartment is located in the GuBei area of Shanghai. Quite a nice place and a good recommend for overnights.

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