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Shanghai Architecture Tours

Shanghai is a booming Asian city that has preserved the remains of its past. Traditional buildings can still be found in the old city, while the Pudong district of Shanghai is crowded with skyscrapers, many of which are amongst the tallest in the world.
Shanghai has a fine collection of European influenced buildings located at The Bund, and a waterfront area in central Shanghai that has 52 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco.
Architecture tours of Shanghai are offered by Go To Famous buildings in Shanghai  Tess’s architecture   Shanghai Wonderful Architecture Tour Shanghai Religious Architecture Tour  and Chiarc Sights.

Shanghai is a fascinating conglomeration of different architectural styles accumulated during the past 200 years, with the most exciting contrasts between aged and hyper-modern, modestly poor and glamorously wealthy, spaces both intimate and vast.

Shanghai' s unique mixture of East and West makes it different from the rest of China. Shanghai is a trading city that has exchanged commodities, cultures and dreams down the centuries. This exchange of ideas is reflected in the buildings, making them unique. Shanghai is a city of multiple viewpoints and multiple stories

The ever changing skyline of Shanghai is the most prominent feature and new symbol for this city. Take a picture of Pudong or even the new development areas in the western urban centers, and it will be out of date in no time. No architectural guide book will manage to keep track with all the new construction sprouting all over the city, rendering Shanghai into one of the world’s most thrilling architectural playgrounds, with ever improving quality.

Pudong, Shanghai's new architectural showcase area
Shanghai skyscraper is still the Jin Mao Tower, although the Bank of China on the Bund is a close favorite. Described as the world's finest skyscraper since the Chrysler Building, Jin Mao incorporates both a pagoda tradition and an art deco tradition with complex elegance to create beautiful contemporary structure.World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower, Oriental Pearl Tower

Jin Mao Tower, Lujiazui, Pudong
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - SOM

Jin Mao Shanghai building : tallest building in China since 2005
420m high, 88 storey skyscraper building
Incorporating offices + Grand Hyatt Hotel with thirty storey high atrium
Shanghai skyscraper architect : SOM Architects

Directions: Starting from the lobby of the Jin Mao Tower at street level, walk outside and cross the small street towards the SWFC -- look up for the smooth-sided (and practically unmissable) "bottle opener."

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Shanghai International Financial Center (上海国际金融中心)

Also the home address of Shanghai's first Apple retail store.

The octagonal twin towers contain more than 350,000 square meters of gross floor area divided into office towers, an upmarket shopping mall, the five-star Ritz-Carlton Pudong and serviced apartments.

Argentinean-American architect Cesar Pelli, 85, was responsible for designing the twin towers, which rise to 259 meters and opened to the public in 2010.

Jinmao Tower

  • The Shanghai World Financial Center 
  • Shanghai Bank of China Tower (中银大厦)
    Shanghai Bank of China Tower (center) is one of the many bank-owned high-rises in Lujiazui financial district.

    The 53-story tower is best known outside architectural circles for its guest appearance in “Mission Impossible III” as the building Tom Cruise uses for bungee jumping practice.

    The square base and round tower of this 226-meter edifice is reminiscent of the old Chinese philosophical description of a circular heaven and square earth.

    Designed by the Japanese firm, Nikken Sekkei and opened in 1999, the building combines commercial space with serviced offices and apartments.

    According to Wang, the Bank of China Tower is a personal favorite because of the way in which it combines elements of old and new China.

     Bank of China Tower in shanghai

  • Oriental Pearl TV 

  • Oriental Pearl Tower, Lujiazui, Pudong
    Architects: Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd
    Shanghai tower : Tallest tower in Asia, third tallest tower in the world - 468m high TV Tower

    Bund Area -- The bund has long been famous for the buildings along the Huangpu River. It is generally viewed as “a Gallery of World’s Architecture”. Among those buildings, you will see the Baroque style Peace Hotel, the Art-Deco style Bank of China, the Japanese style Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the neo-classic style Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, etc. Standing on the bund, and overlook the East bank of Huang Pu River,

    Peace Hotel The Bank of China building, next to the Peace Hotel for the way it delicately combines Western and Eastern elements and towers over all the other buildings on the Bund.
    And finally, the Sino-Soviet Friendship Hall (Shanghai Exhibition Center) , for the way it expresses a unique phase in Shanghai's history. There are very few buildings like this surviving anywhere in the world.

    Long Tang (Lane) – There are so many lanes zigzagging between and among Shanghai’s roads and streets, among which, some of the lanes are very much worth visiting. It tells you Old Shanghai’s story through the old houses and walls, through the old people’s words.

    Shi Ku Men – Shi Ku Men is a distinctive Shanghai style architecture. It is believed to be a combination of original Chinese architecture style and typical western elements. Some Shi Ku Men buildings are well renovated, with the most representative ones in Xin Tian Di. Have a cup of coffee or tea here and enjoy the Shi Ku Men’s nostalgic atmosphere.

    Shanghai Architecture Tours can focus on traditional buildings, contemporary buildings or both. The Shanghai Architecture Tour can be an introduction to the city's main buildings or can be tailored to your group's interests.

    Bund International Architecture

  • French Concession
  • Once known as the ‘Great Athens of China,’ Shanghai became a huge international hub of trade, finance, and gangster activities in the 1930s. Today Shanghai is still China’s most international city, packed with an amazing array of eye-popping futuristic architecture, the likes of which are seen nowhere in the western world!

    Future Architecture

    Zaha Hadid together with a group of architects has radically changed the China’s skyline over the last years. Their modernizations, which have flooded China, feature incredible conceptual integrity. One of the 5 remarkable projects crowned with success is Sky SOHO in Shanghai. It is located close to Shanghai’s city centre, Hongqiao Airport and Hongqiao Transportation Hub. The structure hosts an office block, a retail centre and unites three thematic courtyards

    Famous architects with buildings in the city include Zaha Hadid Architects, gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Nikken Sekkei, Foster + Partners and Goettsch Partners. Other key architects with work in the city include Paul Andreu Architects, Atkins, Heatherwick Studios, BIG, Marshall Strabala, BDP Architects and Slade Architecture.

  • Shikumen Family 

  •   Hongqiao Soho Shanghai

    Since 2008, Shanghai has boasted more free-standing buildings above
    400   than any other city. In the future, the Shanghai Tower, slated for completion in 2014, will be the tallest building in China. With a height of 632 meters (2074 feet), the building will have 127 floors and a total floor area of 380,000 square meters. The Shanghai Tower began construction in 2008. Shanghai is also remarkable as one of the cities with the best China Hotels.

    Shanghai is a great introduction to China. The tour guides from chinauniquetour  organize the trip to Shanghai according to your wishes and demands.  To make your Shanghai holiday perfect, be sure to consult personal guides, who know a lot of information about major attractions and city events. They explain you how to get around the city, plan interesting excursions as well as feature comprehensive en...Shanghai Architecture Tours can focus on traditional buildings, contemporary buildings or both. The Shanghai Architecture Tour can be an introduction to the city's main buildings or can be tailored to your group's interests.

    We are more than happy to accommodate your needs and interests on our Shanghai Architecture Tours.

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