Three of China’s supertall skyscrapers (L-R) the Shanghai Tower,the tallest building in China and the 2nd tallest building in the world, the Jin Mao Tower, until 2007 the tallest building in China (my favorite building, it reminds me of the Chrysler Building in NYC) and the Shanghai World Financial Center, which was the tallest building in China and the 2nd tallest building in the world when it was topped out in 2007; together these three skyscrapers dominate the skyline of Pudong.
Viewing these building from our block, Weifang Xi Lu in the Pudong New Area, you get a view of just how much and how fast Shanghai has grown. The empty lot at the bottom of this picture is owned by luxury real estate developer Shimao Property Holdings, the developer of the apartment compound across the street where we live, but it is being used as a makeshift recycling center where workers offload their collected treasures of cardboard, metal and plastic. Behind the lot sits an older, “new village” 6-story apartment complex where laundry and drying sausage share space on balconies and clothesline. Beyond this neighborhood and closer to the downtown financial center of Lujiazui, are the high-rise, luxury apartment buildings of expatriates and China’s nouveau riche, complete with underground parking for the Porsches, BMWs, Land Rovers, but because this is China, there is also laundry hanging from the balconies.