Day 4 - Shanghai — Shanghai, China
The 1,700-meters (1,859 yards) long flood-control wall, known as 'the lovers' wall', located on the side of Huangpu River from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River and once was the most romantic corner in Shanghai in the last century. At 468 m (1,535 feet ) high, it is the tallest completed tower in Asia, and the third tallest tower in the world after the CN Tower and the Ostankino Tower. Until that time, however, the proper designation for this stunning new riverside saucer is the Shanghai World Expo Culture Center (henceforth shortened to Culture Center for brevity’s sake). The Oriental Pearl TV Tower located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund of Shanghai was amazing to look at with all of its lights. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350 m ( 1148 ft ). The lower levels are at 263 m ( 863 ft ) (Sightseeing Floor) and at 90 m ( 295 ft ) ( Space City ). There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m ( 876 ft ) level. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund of Shanghai. For the 184-day run of the Expo, April 30 through October 31, on weekdays it will host twice daily performances centered on Chinese culture, with weekends left open for special performances by touring acts – mainly Asian-based pop and rock groups. Constructed in 247AD at the time of the Kingdom of Wu, during the Three Kingdoms period, Jing'an Temple is the most famous landmark in Jing'an District, from which the district obtained its name. Public transport: Jing'an Temple can be reached by taking Shanghai Metro Line 2 to Jing'an Temple station. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers. Seen from afar, the Yangpu Bridge and the Nanpu bridge seem like two Chinese dragons frolicking with the pearls of the Oriental Pearl tower. casting TV and radio programs extends the construction by another 118 m ( 387 ft ). The design of the building is based on a verse of the Tang Dynasty poem Pipa Song by Bai Juyi about the wonderful sprinkling sound of a pipa instrument, like... When walking the bund you have a wonderful view of the Shanghai World Expo’s Culture Centre. Thus more space was left for expending the four major squares: Huangpu Park, Chen Yi Square, the Bund Financial Square, and the Observatory Plaza. The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road), is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Once back at the hotel we all went to lunch in our concert uniforms and then onto the buses off to our first concert. It was brilliant hearing some of the traditional Chinese instruments being played, I'm looking forward to hearing more of them, especially the traditional string instruments. It really did look quite stunning, but the sound quality took away from it for me. The Chinese students performed some short plays in English for us and danced and sung. The two biggest spheres, along the length of the tower, have diameters of 50 m ( 164 ft ) for the lower and 45 m ( 148 ft ) for the upper. A Saucerful of Sounds at Shanghai World Expo’s Culture Center. In the 1990s the Shanghai government attempted to promote an extended concept of the Bund to boost tourism and land values in nearby areas, as well as to reconcile the promotion of 'colonial relics' with Socialist ideology. I had to move a number of times when filming the choir performances as they were louder than the performance. The introduction alone took around 25 minutes and it was an hour and 45 minutes just to get through the first half and have a ten minute interval. Regardless of the official name or who’s running the show, the saucer-shaped venue boasts some of the most advanced technical facilities available anywhere in the world, including notable sound systems built around products and technologies of the... The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The Jade Buddha of Sakyamuni, enshrined and worshipped in the former Grand Hall, nearly 20 meters in height and 12 tons in weight, is the largest of its kind. There was a brass group, string groups and there was even a group from the conservatories which were absolutely superb to listen to. The stage presence, command of heir instruments, the whole package. As the UK Concession, a building boom at the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century led to the Bund becoming a major financial hub of East Asia. Viewed from a boat on Shanghai’s Huangpu River, it hovers over the water’s edge like a gargantuan seashell – or a recently arrived flying saucer. There is also a 20 room hotel called the Space Hotel between the two large spheres. Major architecture in the temple are: the Mountain Gate, the Grand Hall, the Guanyin Hall观音殿, the Abbot's Chamber and the Prayer Hall. I went with a group of the parents to the Chinese Temple a ten minute walk up the road. After the reconstruction, most transit vehicles which originally got through the ground level roads began to make their way through the new underground tunnel. It was designed by Jia Huan Cheng of the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Shanghai World Expo’s Culture Centre. It was the centre of the city's politics, economy and culture more than a hundred years ago, consulates of most countries and many banks, businesses and newspaper offices were settled there, and that's why we have these art-like buildings. Photos do not do it justice. One thing that I have found interesting is that the Chinese do not really have any performance etiquette. Bus number 2 was the first bus to arrive, then bus 3 and 1. It is on the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters (0. on the other side of Shanghai’s Huangpu River. There was calligraphy, picking up marbles with chop sticks, pick up sticks, traditional loose sleeve dancing, stencilling and Chinese warrior mask painting. The temple is thousands of years old and is right in the middle of Shanghai surrounded by the city. Under a swooping roof, the structure enfolds world class venue for sporting events, concerts, festivals or any other large-scale events that require seating for up to 18,000. During this period, operations in the main venue are under the umbrella of the Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group. The students were treated to some traditional Chinese cultural activities in 4 separate classrooms and could move between all of them. The lion’s share of the audio systems were designed and installed by the Shanghai operations division of ACE International, Ltd. The audience in the concert surprised me quite a bit because they were not really very polite. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the thawing of economic policy in the People's Republic of China, buildings on the Bund were gradually returned to their former uses. The choir sang a couple of pieces during the first half and had a number of pieces during he second half. The Pearl Tower attracts over three million visitors each year. It was the same at the Acrobat show at the Shanghai Circus school Saturday night. Standing by the railings, visitors can have a 'snap-shot' view of the scenery of Pudong Area and Huangpu River. The two-story pagoda structure stands opposite Jing'an Park on the West Nanjing Road, and adjacent to a luxurious shopping center. I am not sure what was longer the flight from Sydney to Shanghai or the concert. We went for a walk down to the bund which was beautiful. This was very similar to walking along the harbour side in Sydney at night with all the lights and the water etc. All during the concert most were talking, speaking on their phone and using their phones. After being reconstructed, the new Bund waterfront is neat and atmospheric. The temple has been listed as a key relic site in Shanghai. The concert opened to a cheerleading routine to the song 'night to remember' from High School Musical. From 2008, a major reconfiguration of traffic flow along the Bund was carried out. I really enjoyed the activities we did, I got to try some Chinese calligraphy which was so much fun. The speakers were of a very poor quality and it appeared the guys operating the system really did not know what they were doing. The original eleven driveways on the Bund ground were compressed into four two-way lanes. Government institutions were moved out in favor of financial institutions, while hotels resumed trading as such. There was a young children's band that played 'Click go the Shears' on the traditional Chinese instruments. After dinner we hoped back on the buses to head to the Bund. The veil on the new Bund was finally lifted. It took me 40 minutes last night to upload one photo. Before the concert there were activities in the school, which were fun. However Jeffrey decided to cut a few pieces from e program so we could get back to he hotel relatively on time for dinner. They came in late, spoke all during the performance and left during the bows at the end, the time when you show your appreciation with applause. After a 33-month upgrade, the Bund was reopened to visitors on March 28, 2010. The performance went quite well and everyone was pleased. After Shanghai was established as the trading port in 1846, a street was paved there and the riversides were reinforced. They are linked by three columns, each 9m ( 30 ft ) in diameter. Most of e text is going live but I am afraid you will have to wait until we hit Berlin for all the photos to upload to the blog. Construction began in 1991 and the tower was completed in 1995. I did not speak as he asked me a series of questions and then asked if I was interested in seeing some of his fine ladies. Before the 1840s, the Bund was a muddy narrow lane with tall reeds. Tour of the Bund.