Foggy Architecture // Autumn in Shanghai

Luck had it that the Scandinavian airline, SAS, celebrated “70 years in the air” back in 2016 – just as we wanted to travel somewhere. With a weekend deal of 70 % discount (points only), we figured out that we all of a sudden could afford to travel all the way to Shanghai! Tickets were bought after some hectic hours for 48000 points (down from 160K for two people, Premium Eco cabin!).

My better half did not look forward to the ~11-12 hours in the air… but was pleasantly surprised when she figured out we weren’t crammed in the back of the plane 🙌

“The Bund” offers a great view of the skyscrapers of Lujiazui. (Click image for larger size)

Although it was midway through November it was pleasant outside, so we had a few nightly strolls, walking the dog, ehrm, I mean camera. If anything could be said about Shanghai’s architecture, it’s futuristic at least:

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Next morning the plan was to do some classic sightseeing; but from our room at way-too-high-a-floor for comfort, I wondered what all these umbrellas in the park were. We had to move in closer.

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The spectacle turned out to be parents advertising for (what a great catch) their children are; they had made posters stating anything from academic grades- to athletic achievements. Not seen that before for sure.

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Next stop, the Bund. We were not alone here.

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…but given some time, and a bit of luck, you can get the space needed for a photograph!

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With all this time spent photographing buildings, it only made sense to visit the museum for city planning which had a decent miniature version of Shanghai.

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The perhaps most well-known tower here is the Oriental Pearl Tower, maybe because of its odd shape. Getting up and about is the essence of metropole travel, so no skipping this one.

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The Jin Mao Tower (right) and Shanghai World Financial Center:

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Ah yes, we had to return here during nighttime to witness the sci-fi, futuristic neon-light-heaven it for sure is.

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Before we left, I really wanted to try the magnetic levitation train. As it turned out, it only goes to-and-from the airport, so it made good sense hop on the last day! Glad I had my wide-angle lens ready. The station is massive!

I think we were the only ones riding it that afternoon 😎

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Ten thousand feet above Mongolia; the sunset kept following us the entire way back to Copenhagen, a magnificent experience!

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Author: HĂ„kon Treider

Enthusiastic photographer with a Master's degree in Computational Physics currently employed by Cognite as a Data Scientist (https://www.cognite.com)

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