What I believe to be one of the best places to view Shanghai from above is the Lupu Bridge Climb. Originally built as a tourist stop during the 2010 World Expo for views over the Expo ground it remains in operation but for most intents and purposes is a forgotten destination. Most signs and displays at the “Climb” entrance echo the Expo, but once you find yourself atop the bridge on a clear day the city really opens up and provides a dramatic view. How it differs from popular observation decks in Pudong (Jin Mao and the World Finance Center) is that it is completely open air including the climb. What I also find of interest is that the views of Shanghai are a bit different from the standard Shanghai skyline photos seen all over the web. On a really clear day the landmarks of Pudong can be seen in the distance while the China Expo Pavilion is at the bridge’s feet. The other common view are really dramatic but the Lupu Bridge just offers a different perspective. The only down side I see is that the bridge closes just before sundown so no night photography, which would be awesome.
Here are some recent snaps from atop the Lupu Bridge, including some panoramas. Enjoy!
Here are a couple of quick shots of flowers during a recent walk and bike ride around Century Park in Shanghai. I’ve always avoided the park on the weekends but during the week the park is very empty. The pigeon house is unique and worth checking out. You know you are in the right area when you begin to hear this massive warbling. This area proves a third use for umbrellas in China: rain, sun, and now bird bombs. The 10 RMB entry fee is kinda ridiculous and bike rentals are way overpriced but the overall atmosphere of the place makes is good for portrait photos and picnics. Soon you will forget all about the entry fee.