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Tourist Scenes
11/8/2004 14:48

Since 1990, Shanghai has built a batch of landmark architectures that are known both at home and abroad. These buildings have become new tourist scenes in the city, reflecting its new appearances. They include the Bund -- the symbol of Shanghai, the green People's Square, the Orient Pearl Broadcasting and Television Tower (which has created 10 world number ones), Jin Mao Tower (China's tallest building), the pedestrian mall of Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. -- New Bund The New Bund lies along the west bank of the Huangpu River between Waibaidu Bridge and Nanpu Bridge. The four-kilometer-long thoroughfare was listed as one of the top 10 new scenes and tourist attractions in the city in the past decade. Along the Bund, there are buildings of different Chinese and western architectural styles, nicknamed the contemporary world expo of architectures. This cultural heritage of mankind has epitomized the modern history of Shanghai. At night, with lights on, they look just fantastic. -- People's Square Located at the very center of the city, People's Square is a garden-type open space surrounded by buildings and facilities for administration, cultural activities, transportation and commerce. On its north is the People's Mansion, to its northwest the Shanghai Grand Theater, to its northeast the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, and to its south the Shanghai Museum. Flanked on both sides by 17-meter-wide green belts, People's Avenue goes across the center of the square. The total green areas in the square reach 80,000 square meters. It is an oasis in the city. -- Orient Pearl Broadcasting and Television Tower Serving for radio and television broadcasting as well as recreation and sightseeing, the 460-meter-tall tower is the highest TV tower in Asia and the third highest in the world. It has not only greatly improved the quality of radio and television broadcasting in the city, but also melted itself with Yangpu Bridge and Nanpu Bridge into a new scene, nicknamed "double dragons playing with the pearl." -- Jin Mao Tower As the tallest building in China and the third tallest building in the world, Jin Mao Tower is located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong. It is an intelligent building offering services for business, hotel, recreation, sightseeing and shopping. It covers a total construction area of 290,000 square meters and is 420.5 meters high. It has 88 stories above the ground, three stories underground and a six-story annex. From the third to the 50th floor are offices and starting from the 53rd floor, the building is occupied by the Grand Hyatt hotel. The 88th floor is the highest and largest sightseeing hall in China. Jin Mao Tower is not only a new tourist attraction, but also a window through which people from other parts of the world may get a better understanding of Shanghai and Pudong.