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Top Choice Architecture in The Bund & People's Square

The Bund

Symbolic of concession-era Shànghǎi, the Bund was the city’s Wall Street, a place of feverish trading and fortunes made and lost. Originally a towpath for dragging barges of rice, the Bund (an Anglo-Indian term for …
Top Choice Notable Building in Pǔdōng

Shànghǎi Tower

China’s tallest building dramatically twists skywards from its footing in Lùjiāzuǐ. The 121-storey 632m-tall Gensler-designed Shànghǎi Tower topped out in August 2013 and opened in mid-2016. The spiral-shaped tower …
Top Choice Architecture in Dalat

Hang Nga Crazy House

A free-wheeling architectural exploration of surrealism, Hang Nga Crazy House is a joyously designed, outrageously artistic private home. Imagine sculptured rooms connected by superslim bridges rising out of a tangl…
Top Choice Notable Building in Chandigarh

Capital Complex

At the epicentre of Le Corbusier’s planned city are the imposing concrete High Court, Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha, shared by the states of Punjab and Haryana. All three are classic pieces of 1950s architecture from…
Top Choice Notable Building in Central District

HSBC Building

This stunning building, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster in 1985, is a masterpiece of precision and innovation. And so it should be; on completion it was the world’s most expensive building. Don't mis…
Top Choice Notable Building in Pǔdōng

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

This 468m-tall poured-concrete tripod tower is the most iconic contemporary building in the city, and its image is flashed around town on everything from postcards to T-shirts. Love it or hate it, the Deng Xiaoping–…
Top Choice Architecture in Fúzhōu

Sānfāng Qīxian

The ‘downtown’ area of the city is actually a series of ancient residential buildings known as ‘Three Lanes and Seven Paths'. Constructed in the late Jin dynasty around the 12th century, the residences prospered 400…
Top Choice Notable Building in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo’s seat of power, designed by Tange Kenzō and completed in 1991, looms large and looks somewhat like a pixelated cathedral (or the lair of an animated villain). Take an elevator from the ground floor of Buildin…
Top Choice Notable Building in Tainan

Hayashi Department Store

This art-deco department store from the 1930s so close to the hearts of Tainaners has been beautifully restored and finally reopened its doors in 2013 after several decades of disuse. Do go inside just to ascend the…
Top Choice Notable Building in Pǔdōng

Shànghǎi World Financial Center

Although trumped by the adjacent Shànghǎi Tower as the city’s most stratospheric building, the awe-inspiring 492m-high Shànghǎi World Financial Center is an astonishing sight, even more so come nightfall when its ‘b…