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Eclipse Over China 

July 23, 2009

Shanghai (continued)

Profile in Paper

I said I would post that little portrait of one of our group that a gentleman cut out of paper at the Xi’an Airport.  Take note, it’s only about 2 inches tall.

Shanghai – one of China’s largest cities and its economic capitol.  The city is filled with bold, exciting architecture that really makes it look like like Disneyland from some angles.  And there’s all kinds of new construction going on in anticipation of next year’s World Fair here.  This is China’s City of the Future.

Shanghai SkylineShanghai BuildingsStriking SkyscraperThe Wavy Building (well, what would YOU call it?)Oriental Pearl Tower - as tall as the Empire State BuildingWorld Financial Center, aka "the Bottle Opener"

And yes, that haze is thick and persistent – the top of the World Financial Center literally disappeared into it, and I was lucky to get the shot of it that I did.

After lunch, a little free time on our own, and we had to take a ride on Shanghai’s famous MagLev train – the fastest commuter train in the world, and a joint Chinese-German demonstration.  The route runs between two stations, one in the city and the other at Pudong Airport – 30 kilometers (18 miles)…whoosh…7 minutes.  And if the train going the other way passes by, you’ll miss it if you blink.

MagLevBoarding the Fastest Train in the WorldThat's 267 MPH


Filed under: Uncategorized — bquock @ 3:50 am


  1. Did all tour participants fit on the same train?
    Have a safe trip back to the states.
    Thank you for all the great photos.
    Mark and Priscilla

    Comment by Priscilla and Mark Lea — July 23, 2009 @ 7:20 am

  2. Our entire group probably would’ve fit – a few might’ve had to stand, but they wouldn’t have been standing for very long.

    I should’ve clarified that since this was free time to spend as we pleased, some people went to the MagLev, some went shopping, some went to see the big buildings, and some went back to the hotel. A small group of us decided to head straight for the subway to connect to the MagLev, as opposed to going back to the hotel and starting from there. Genie and Sean did not join us at that time, but when we returned to the hotel, we met them coming out of the building. Genie said she’d wanted to ride the MagLev, but I don’t know if they were able to before dinnertime – the ride is certainly fast enough to have allowed it, but making the connection from the downtown subway would’ve been the more time-consuming part of the trip.

    Comment by bquock — July 23, 2009 @ 8:13 am

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