Checking Out The Pudong New Area

Pudong, China

Nothing shows the rises of China greater than the Pudong New Area. What started out as a bunch of rice fields has turned into the heart of China’s financial center. Pudong is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world and has a skyline that rivals many of the world’s best cities. At night time, the place is lit up like a Christmas tree. The best way to enjoy the view is from the Bund across the river. When we dine at M on the Bund, I’ll be sure to take some photos of Pudong at night. It will blow you away.

The skyline of Pudong is constantly changing. The place is a like a giant work on progress with new buildings going up all the time. The current mega project is the Shanghai Tower, a 128 floor twisting torso that will become the tallest building in Asia when it’s completed in 2014.

Pudong caters to China’s upper middle and elite class. If you were to puck someone down in the middle of Pudong, he would never guess he is in China. There are just too many Ferraris and Porsches driving around (we even saw a Hummer!) and you will hardly see any bicycles or scooters.

I had plan to go up the Shanghai World Financial Center, which features the world’s tallest observation deck, but the sky was cloudy and visibility wasn’t that great. Instead, I went to the lobby of the Shanghai Grand Hyatt, which is located on the 54th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, to check out the view.

Pudong, China

Pudong, China

30 thoughts on “Checking Out The Pudong New Area”

  1. Ben Pei says:

    I love their skyscrapers and high rise… Its so.. Cyber age!

    1. Yeah, I don’t think any other city can compare to the architecture they have there.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Yeah you should check that place out some day..

  2. fas says:

    Its awesome, those buildings are very very tall indeed.

  3. Wow…That is amazing. It looks like something from the future!

  4. jim says:

    Pudong is amazing, and the crazy part is that if you flip the camera around, the Bund is like looking back in time. It’s a very cool place to be.

  5. simply amazing. Each time a friend does to Pudong, one of the first things I hear about (and see in pics) is the skyline at night…

    I wonder what the cost/sq foot is for space in that area.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Outrageously expensive land can have strange results to neighboring areas. In Taipei, Taipei 101 is stunningly tall building, but just immediately across the road there are vacant lots where old grannies grow vegetables. High land price makes it so costly to build that sometimes it is just better to wait and see if more profit is available by flipping the piece of land.

      In Pudong area there are other motivations at play beside creating money making real estate. It is the store front of China the factory of the world.

    2. Ben Pei says:

      I don’t think its really really expensive. They are just good with their designs and constructions.

  6. Jake Stone says:

    There is a faux-story that after a long and tiring meeting with architects on financial center, the decision makers were so exhausted that they just left the conference room. Principal design was agreed on and matter settled. Later some errand boy was asked to go and take the final model for finalizing. Poor lad went to wrong room and took the only item on the table (a bottle opener). He delivered it to the architect office and because nobody says no to party influenced agreements, the original work got tossed and work begun based on the bottle opener. Later it was too late to change the plans as the form started to rise above ground.

  7. Nice place, must check it out someday


  8. Mortgage Guy says:

    You handsome devil !
    Great pix

  9. Tran Harry says:

    Its time to go to China to be a business man, there are some big offices, and I doubt they have enough qualified people to work in them yet.

  10. Haro says:


    Thanks for sharing all these cool videos. For your future reference, can you slow down to move your camera if possible? I felt dizzy after trying to follow your camera to view the scenes you took.

    1. WP Themes says:

      I didn’t watch this video yet. But I know what you mean. Some videos just make me dizzy and it takes a few hours to recover.

  11. I’ve never been to Pudong or China for that matter so it’s good to see what you’ve shown on video. Quite a stunning place.

    Peter Lee

  12. Wow. Amazing 🙂 I should go there in future!

  13. Gino Orlandi says:

    Gorgeous skyline, your recent posts have really made me want to visit China one day!

  14. The Pudong looks so futuristic, so cool. Its like really watching any western civilization city. They indeed have growth exponentially.

  15. Agent 001 says:

    Lovely tall buildings. China is so good at architecture. Innovative skills.

  16. Alexandru says:

    Likek many said, pictures look like something from the future.
    Its amazing what developers can do with a new land.
    Pudong turned out awesome, competing with many other places like Dubai and so on … at least in my view.

  17. Kent says:

    John, you look really had fun over there.

    Every time when people say good things about my home town, I am so proud of being a shanghainess. 🙂

  18. I take it that is your sexy pose? 🙂


  19. Wow China is really changing their face at fast. Now there is no traditional building which we saw in the Chinese Movies.

    Some building got 80 Floors, Some got 101 and now 120 simply amazing.

  20. Silvia says:

    This is really the architecture of future.China becomes looking like New York.

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