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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai (must see)

To get a sense of urban Shanghai and to trace its development over the years, make beeline for the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Shaped as a white magnolia – Shanghai's official flower – this building sports four inverted tents for a roof and is quite advanced in terms of both design and contents, offering insight into the grand ambitions of Shanghai city planners. It is actually a good idea to visit here early on your trip to Shanghai, as it gives plenty of information on the history and future of the city, from geology to transportation, with lots of useful facts and tips to benefit from.

The Yangtze River delta, whereat the city is located, is currently the world’s fastest-growing urban area, which is something well reflected in Shanghai’s largest scale model on the 3rd floor, outlining the city's not-too-distant future (if all goes to plan, that is) sprawled over 100 sq meters. Not surprisingly, it takes the form of a parade of skyscrapers and apartment blocks, including those yet unbuilt, plus all the urban transportation systems, detailed at a scale of 1:2,000.

In a video room next door you can take a virtual 3D trip around this plan, called the “Journey of Wonder in Shanghai”. Another excellent thing to observe is the bird's eye view over the People’s Square opening from the top-floor cafe and gift shop.

Other floors feature maps of upcoming construction projects and collection of old-time images of colonial-era Shanghai, which is most interesting if you're already somewhat familiar with the new look of the streets. If you're still fresh to the city, not to worry – once you've browsed Shanghai in this Exhibition Hall, you'll be ready to go into detail by actually walking the streets, so make sure to carry a notebook and take notes of the places you might want to visit.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-5pm (last admission: 4 pm)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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