The Oriental Pearl Tower, Maglev Train, and Yu Yuan Gardens of Shanghai!!

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The Oriental Tower at night ... I love the reflection onto the Huangpu River captured!

Today our tour guide first took us to the Yu Yuan Gardens which is an old Chinese quarter of Shanghai with cobbled streets that are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea, and a variety of delicious snacks, but we had to just walk by and keep to the time schedule.

I must say sadly: the pictures I took within the Yu Yuan Gardens are full of water spots ... I did try to prevent rain from hitting the camera lens; thankfully, I had purchased a lens cover for days like these, though spots still exist on my pics :( ... My energy level at the garden, with the rain was low. I think it is because I am nearing the end of this vacation/tour and the idea of relaxing in a hot bath seems more relaxing than running through the rain in Shanghai.

Maglev Train ... I was traveling 431kms/hr

The rain 'cooled' off and we went for lunch where I warmed up and ‘filled’ up.  Our tour guide arrived an hour later, at the restaurant, and she asked us if we would like to experience the Maglev train.  She was great tour guide, making sure we had this opportunity though it wasn't part of the original package ... we paid a that little extra for the tickets to have this experience, that the people of Shanghai experience daily to get to the airport on time or to and from work.  When we got off we walked around the airport for a good 45 minutes, picked up a coffee and looked in some shops … we realized the time and quickly went back to the train, tossed my delicious coffee, and got back on.  Sitting on the train I noticed others drinking their coffee and thought “why did I throw mine out” but of course I’m unable to read ‘what you can and can not do’ so I thought better be safe than sorry.

Returning our tour guide thought we were a bit late; we told her we walked to the airport but returned missing the train.

Oriental Tower
  She then took us to the Maglev museum to show us the founder and its history … I still have to do my research on this form of TRANSPORTATION for the one striking thing I remember of that ‘history class’ that interested me was the WINDOWS.  They were made with a certain kind of ‘material’ that purposely makes objects outside (eg. buildings, trees, people, houses, fields) look like you’re moving at a normal speed, though I was traveling at 431kms/hr, it seemed like I was moving at a normal speed, GO FIGURE ... they use decelerating glass

Then we went up the Oriental Tower where I took great pics of Shanghai and the European buildings over looking the Huangpu River which was full of ships and barges.

Jin Mao Tower on the left ... tower that would represent the central focal point of the Pudong District and welcoming all who approach it ... in a symbolic way, it's reminiscent of ancient Chinese pagodas
By the time we got back down to walk along Nanjing Road to see the tower from the other side of the Huangpu River it was lit up and the site of all the buildings looked great … I glanced at the reflection of the Oriental Tower overlooking the Huangpu River, it was breath taking so I snapped a couple of shots to remember the night time city of Shanghai, China!

Ever since returning to Canada I notice this familiar picture I took in many travelers books, I must say it's a pretty popular photo taken by many people from different angels ... a must to see when in Shanghai!!! … What a great piece of architecture the Oriental Tower is, 'and boy', since returning to Canada, I've notice there are many books featuring TOWERS of which the Oriental Tower is highly published!!

kobro says:
hey, I thought this thing was called "Pearl of Asia"?
Anyway, magnificent view from up there!
Posted on: Mar 27, 2009
jennjeff1 says:
With all the Shanghai fashion district shots, you must be a "Sex and the City" fan! Jenny saw it twice in 24 hours on opening night starting at 12:01AM!
;-) ~Jeff
Posted on: Jun 06, 2008
vances says:
I'll bet manufacturing decelerating glass is a real pane....
Posted on: Jun 06, 2008
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