A Footprint of China’s Rapid Urbanization

After each of our Friday field trips end at around noon, we are dismissed to explore the city or return back to the dorms – whichever we prefer. A large group of us decided to check the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum off of our Shanghai bucket list. The Urban Planning Exhibition Center is a 6-story building showcasing historical, current, and planned buildings. China’s incredibly rapid development and urbanization over the past few decades can be illustrated through this exhibit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASUPEC – Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA huge golden replica of the highly developed, architecturally unique Shanghai skyline to scale as soon as you enter the lobby.”Better City, Better Life”

IMG_5939Historical buildings to compare/contrast development over the years


IMG_5942Just the sheer size of this display is breath-taking.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThe massive bird-eye replication of the city of Shanghai (to scale) fills nearly an entire floor – such an incredible display.

IMG_5949Aerial view – Shanghai

IMG_5951Photo Exhibit

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetCity view from the top floor of the SUPEC

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetRarely a sight of your standard rectangular building

IMG_5987Rush hour metro: The subways can get so incredibly crowded sometimes that there is actually a paid employee outside the metro, packing people into the subway. Jennifer and I once missed our stop by two stops  – simply because we were only able to shuffle about 2 feet nearer the door at each stop since there were so many people. Quick tip: snag a spot near the door if possible. Otherwise, there is no harm/extra charge for simply riding the metro back the other direction – just a funny experience.



IMG_6055People’s Park – Shanghai

IMG_6058Some friendly competition at the market – Canada vs. China

IMG_6069Incredible light displays on Shanghai buildings on the way home. From oddly shapes pearl towers to flashy light projections to stacks of sleek, modern skyscrapers, Shanghai certainly has to be one of the most impressive in their buildings.


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