This was my first time at an urban planning anything so I have no baseline to compare The Shanghai Urban Planning Museum with. But I am told that it is one of the world’s largest showcases of urban development!
Shanghai’s iconic skyscrapers all grouped together. Hard to believe that some of the new ones are not built up to par. Hubby’s cousin told us that some of the glass windows of the newly built Shanghai IFC shattered in May 2011 and destroyed 40 cars in the IFC parking lot. Luckily nobody was injured. This conversation occurred was while she was treating us to lunch inside Ritz Carleton Pudong which is connected the Shanghai IFC! I was scared to walk outside afterwards. In case you think I am being paranoid, check out this article on The Shanghaiist which details the “glass bombing” incidents in Shanghai.
The entire 3rd floor consisted of one huge model of the city of Shanghai. It alternates from daytime view to nighttime view. Impressive.
The Pudong area of Shanghai all lit up during the nighttime view. I read somewhere that due to the weight of those skycrapers that Pudong is slowly sinking. Additionally, there are cracks on the pavement near the tallest skyscrapers such as The Shanghai World Financial Center(the building shaped like a bottle opener) and Jin Mao(pagoda like). Not sure how true this is. Does anyone know about this?
This model of The Bund area of Shanghai does not do it justice. Perhaps it is not worth it to the museum to replicate in detail of the various Beaux-Arts and Art Deco buildings in the Bund area.
Overall: It is a nice break from commercial Shanghai. Worth a look as it is not too crowded. We spent about 90 minutes in the museum.
The Shanghai Urban Planning museum is located at People’s Square close to the Shanghai Museum. Cost: $5USD