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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 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 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…
Notable Building in Fújiàn Tǔlóu

Chéngqǐ Lóu

In the village of Gāoběi (高北), this 300-year-old tǔlóu has 400 rooms and once housed 1000 inhabitants. It’s built with elaborate concentric rings, with circular passageways between them and a central shrine. It’s on…
Architecture in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

CCTV Headquarters

Shaped like an enormous pair of trousers, and known locally as Dà Kùchǎ (大裤衩; Big Pants), the astonishing CCTV Tower is an architectural fantasy that appears to defy gravity. It's made possible by an unusual enginee…
Architecture in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Bird’s Nest

The centerpiece from the 2008 Olympics is the National Stadium, known colloquially as the Bird’s Nest (鸟巢; Niǎocháo). It's one primarily for lovers of contemporary architecture, or those interested in sporting histo…
Architecture in Jìng’ān

Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre

The hulking monolith of the Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre was built in 1955 as the Sino-Soviet Friendship Mansion – a friendship that soon turned sour and even regressed to the brink of war in the 1960s. The Stalinist-…