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Shanghai stands out in many ways, but one thing that defines this city internationally is the visual treat that is viewed from the famous tourist spot which is The Bund — the Pudong skyline.
A modern, well-presented vision of skyscrapers that are so high that on a cloudy day, it would remind you of a scene from Batman. Of course, the highlights of the skyline are the trio of the financial district — the Jin Mao, the SWFC and the Shanghai Tower — and the Pearl Tower. More about how tall these actually are here.
If you are in Shanghai and it happens to be a clear day with blue skies, don’t think twice about heading to the Bund. It’s ideal on a sunny day as the skyline you see is quite surreal and vibrant. The colors will pop and you will have plenty of photos to post on Instagram! If you go to the Bund at sunrise for a run or a stroll, you can catch a glimpse of the locals exercising, jogging, practicing tai chi and such.
Sunsets of course are really beautiful and the lighting against the skyline is unique — very memorable and photograph worthy!
The beauty of the skyline doubles at night. The lights glitter brightly and are synchronized. The Shanghai World Financial Center (or popularly called the Bottle Opener building) has a rhythmic lighting system with fast paced videos, advertisements and text swirling around the building. You cannot look away from. It’s sophisticated and very attractive. Then we have the Shanghai Tower — the world’s second tallest building — which is imposing and grand, and is a mighty building to view at night.
The four most iconic buildings that you can recognize in this group of futuristic buildings include the 4 key buildings:
At one point in time, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower used to be the tallest building in Shanghai. This is the first building that is said to define the Shanghai skyline. It still takes center-stage today. Not only is it unique and beautiful in its appearance, it is a great tourist hub since it was built and a must visit. Details about this building here.
One could say this is the prettiest building, with 88 floors at 420 meters approximately. The design is very unique and makes this structure highly recognizable.
The best part about this building is that there is a skywalk around it, not for the faint hearted. Go get your adrenaline rush! Details about this building here.
The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is the most futuristic looking structure in Pudong’s business district, at 492 meters and 101 floors. There is an observatory from where you get terrific views all around. The design has won it many awards as well. Details about this building here.
This 632-meter-high building is a shining example of what smart architecture can achieve. The structure is mind blowing and this makes for a great visit, as they have a post office so you can send a postcard to anywhere in the world. They also have VR experience which is quite cool. Details about this building here.
We want to help you spend quality time viewing the skyline by the Bund. We at China Highlights can help you make your trip the best it can be. We have well-designed Shanghai tours through which you can find hidden shops near the Bund, eat the best local food and more.
Our 2-Day Shanghai Essence Tour is perfect for those who are a first-time visitor. You will take the fastest elevator in the world and ascend the highest building in Shanghai — the Shanghai Tower.
2-Day Modern Shanghai Discovery Tour: Uncover Shanghai's urban planning and see how this giant city is run. You will go up to the top of Shanghai to see its modern pinnacle.