Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, documenting the changing face of Shanghai, was built as part of the re-development of parkland at the edge of People_s Park and around Peop

The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, documenting the changing face of Shanghai, was built as part of the re-development of parkland at the edge of People’s Park and around People’s Square in the 1990s and 2000s in Shanghai, China

 

Our favorite museum in Shanghai was the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, located in a modernistic building in the heart of the central business district across from the Shanghai municipal government building.  Opened in 2000, the museum traces the development of the city from a swampy fishing village to the modern super-metropolis with a population of 24.5 million.  “The Exhibition Center was built as part of the re-development of parkland at the edge of People’s Park and around People’s Square in the 1990s and 2000s.  The Park and Square together occupy what was once the Shanghai racecourse, and today still make up one of the largest open spaces in central Shanghai.  The building was designed by architect Ling Benli of the East China Architecture Design & Research Institute (ECADI), as a harmonious balance to the Grand Theatre, another contemporary building at the other end of People’s Square.  The Exhibition Center is 43 metres (141 feet) high, has a white aluminum panel cladding and a symbolic membrane structure roof.” — Wikikpedia

 

The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China, is 43 metres (141 feet) high, has a white aluminum panel cladding and a symbolic membrane structure roof

The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China, is 43 metres (141 feet) high, has a white aluminum panel cladding and a symbolic membrane structure roof

 

This view of the scale model of the city shows the Bund on the western bank of the Huangpu River on the bottom of the photograph, with the new skyscrapers of the Pudong district across t

This view of the scale model of the city shows the Bund on the western bank of the Huangpu River on the bottom of the photograph, with the new skyscrapers of the Pudong district across the river, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

 

“One of Shanghai’s best and most visited museums, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall at People’s Square documents the changing face of Shanghai and is an essential vising point for those interested in the evolution of the city.  A perfect scale model of the entire city on the 3rd floor model shows planned and recent developments of Shanghai.” – http://www.smartshanghai.com

 

Looking north in this view of the scale model of the city, the Bund is on the bank of the Huangpu River on the left (west) and the new Pudong skyscrapers are on the east bank, Shanghai U

Looking north in this view of the scale model of the city, the Bund is on the bank of the Huangpu River on the left (west) and the new Pudong skyscrapers are on the east bank, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China; our ship was docked on the riverbank at the northern bank of the river at the top, center of the photograph

 

This view of the scale model of the city shows the density of high rise building in the central business district in the foreground; the Bund is on the riverbank at the center-left edge

This view of the scale model of the city shows the density of high rise building in the central business district in the foreground; the Bund is on the riverbank at the center-left edge of the photograph and the Pudong skyscrapers are on the right- top side; Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

 

This view of the scale model of the city is from the opposite direction of the previous photographs, with the Bund in the center, on the upper side of the Huangpu River, and the new Pudo

This view of the scale model of the city is from the opposite direction of the previous photographs, with the Bund in the center, on the upper side of the Huangpu River, and the new Pudong district in the lower-left; Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

 

This view of the scale model of the city has the Bund on the lower edge of the image with the central business district in the center and the greenery on the upper left is People_s Par

This view of the scale model of the city has the Bund on the lower edge of the image with the central business district in the center and the greenery on the upper left is People’s Park and People’s Square, home of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

 

A view of People_s Square from the top floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

A view of People’s Square from the top floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

 

This view of the scale model of the city focuses on People_s Square with the Shanghai Museum in the lower-center (just above the road outlined in yellow lights) and the Municipal Gover

This view of the scale model of the city focuses on People’s Square with the Shanghai Museum in the lower-center (just above the road outlined in yellow lights) and the Municipal Government Building in the center, flanked by the Grand Theatre on the left and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on the right; Shanghai, China

 

A walk along the Bund, Shanghai, China

The Bund is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, that is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s with 52 buildings of vari

The Bund is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, that is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s with 52 buildings of various architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles (here, looking to the north from the Promenade around Fuzhou Road)

 

“For a century, the Bund (Chinese: 外滩 wài tān /why tan/ ‘Outer Beach’) has been one of the most recognizable symbols and the pride of Shanghai.  The architecture along the Bund is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s. You’ve never been to Shanghai if you haven’t seen the Bund… The Bund is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River.  To the west of this stretch stand 52 buildings of various architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles.  It is often referred to as ‘the museum of buildings’.” – www.chinahighlights.com

 

This view is from the gardens in planter boxes along the Promenade, looking south along the Bund and the Huangpu River beyond the shoreline formally designated as “the Bund”, Shangha

This view is from the gardens in planter boxes along the Promenade, looking south along the Bund and the Huangpu River beyond the shoreline formally designated as “the Bund”, Shanghai, China

 

The government has done an excellent job preserving the historical buildings from the settlement period along the Bund, Shanghai, China; the newer skyscrapers stand in the distance in st

The government has done an excellent job preserving the historical buildings from the settlement period along the Bund, Shanghai, China; the newer skyscrapers stand in the distance in stark contrast – with limited land area and 24.5 million people in Shanghai, the only realistic way to build is up, so there is a plethora of tall buildings across the cityscape

 

A small group of us spent the morning walking from our ship’s birth at the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal to the beginning of the Bund at Broadway Mansions on the north side of the Wusong River (Suzhou Creek).  We crossed the bridge and walked the length of the Bund to the south with a stop in a park along the way for tea at a tea house.  Walking south really showed off the pollution as we were looking through it towards the sun.  When we reversed direction on our return walk to the terminal the pollution seemed less severe, due to the optical illusion of having the sun behind us and bright trees, parks and buildings in the foreground of our vision (and photographs).  The smog index was 139, somewhat unhealthy, on the international scale of 0 (no smog) to 400 (terrible and sickening). Of course, we all tried picturing the Bund and our walk 100 or 150 years ago during the colonial period when the buildings and development of the Bund were similar, but there was very little pollution.  The Shanghai municipal government, along with the national Chinese government, are heavily publicizing the positive steps that are being undertaken in the city to reduce pollution and increase energy production from renewable sources, lessening contributions to pollution in the future.  As Americans at this time, it was embarrassing to see China moving forward to combat climate change and pollution while watching the current Washington administration reversing course and removing the U.S. commitments and actions on combating climate change by executive orders and E.P.A. actions.

 

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building from the British settlement days in the 1920s in the foreground and the Customs House, beyond it, on the Bund (looking north), Shanghai, China

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building from the British settlement days in the 1920s in the foreground and the Customs House, beyond it, on the Bund (looking north), Shanghai, China

 

We left the Bund, Shanghai, China, for a short detour through an adjacent park, preserved for the green space, with numerous giant skyscrapers standing all around it

We left the Bund, Shanghai, China, for a short detour through an adjacent park, preserved for the green space, with numerous giant skyscrapers standing all around it; the government has done an excellent job in meeting its goal of having a lot of parks and green space for the Shanghai population within the city

 

The northern terminus of the Bund (just before the Waibaidu Bridge across the Huangpu River) has a waterfront park, Huangpu Park, with the landmark triangular, tall Monument to the Peopl

The northern terminus of the Bund (just before the Waibaidu Bridge across the Huangpu River) has a waterfront park, Huangpu Park, with the landmark triangular, tall Monument to the People’s Heroes, Shanghai, China

 

A view of the stretch of the shoreline along the Huangpu River (north of the Bund) beyond the Monument to the People's Heroes on the left to the Shanghai Port International Passenger Ter

A view of the stretch of the shoreline along the Huangpu River (north of the Bund) beyond the Monument to the People’s Heroes on the left to the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal (the low, egg-shaped blue-green building on the right edge of the image), Shanghai, China

 

Our ship was docked slightly north of the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal because, on our arrival, the two Chinese Navy ships were berthed in the berth directly in front o

Our ship was docked slightly north of the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal because, on our arrival, the two Chinese Navy ships were berthed in the berth directly in front of the terminal, Shanghai, China