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21 October 2017 / leggypeggy

Shanghai benefits from a bend in the river

Oriental Pearl Tower and Swatch Art Peace Hotel

Oriental Pearl Tower (purple) on Lujiazui and Swatch Art Peace Hotel on the Bund

Who knew a peninsula formed by a bend in a river could bring fame and fortune to a city? But that’s exactly what has happened in Shanghai.

Lujiazui is located in Shanghai’s Pudong New District. It’s a peninsula on the eastern bank of the Huangpu River and directly opposite the Bund, the city’s old financial and business district.

Since the early 1990s, Lujiazui has been being developed as the city’s new financial and business centre. Today, the area has more than 30 high-rise buildings (25 stories or more) with commerce as their leading function, and more than 504 domestic and overseas financial and insurance corporations.

We had the good fortune to visit Lujiazui and the Bund both at night and during the day.

Bund and Lujiazui, Shanghai

View from the Fairmon Peace Hotel with Bund on the right and Bund and Lujiazui on the left

Lujiazui, Shanghai

Lujiazui by day

I have to say that the night skylines are among the most beautiful and impressive we have seen anywhere in the world.

We stayed at ground level at night, but during the day we went to the top-floor terrace of the Fairmont Peace Hotel (I’ll do a post about that amazing art deco hotel soon).

That terrace is only about 11 floors up, but it was free to visit. We read that some hotels charge up to A$30 to ride their elevators to the top (and much higher) floors. We figured that was just a case of daylight robbery. 🙂

Hope you enjoy the pics, I’ve save the best for last. 

Potsie update
Potsie goes into rehab soon. He has a long battle ahead. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Night skyline the Bund, Shanghai

A night skyline on the Bund

Night skyline, Lujiazui, Shanghai

A night view of Lujiazui. The lights are constantly changing

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  1. Michael Andrew Just / Oct 21 2017 2:04 am

    Awesome photos Peggy!

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  2. beetleypete / Oct 21 2017 2:08 am

    Nice to actually be in the city, to take that famous night skyline shot for yourself.
    Glad to hear Potsie is soon to get rehab.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 2:22 am

      We’ve been trying to get to Shanghai for a couple of years, so it’s nice to finally make it.

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  3. sidilbradipo1 / Oct 21 2017 2:46 am

    Great, beautiful photos ❤
    Potsie goes into rehab: that's a good news! He will start his way to recover soon!
    Ciao
    Sid

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  4. Catnip Blog / Oct 21 2017 2:52 am

    Peggy,
    Since I’m living vicariously through your travels I would appreciate you stopping here on your way back home:

    http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/tiny-hotel-volkswagen-jordan/index.html

    Keeping Potsie in my prayers.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 12:47 pm

      Oh my, that’s a great link. Thanks for thinking of Pots.

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  5. pvcann / Oct 21 2017 2:52 am

    Love the photos, and thanks for such an interesting piece on the origins of Shanghai.

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  6. chattykerry / Oct 21 2017 4:36 am

    Beautiful shots, Peggy. Shanghai is on my bucket list…

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  7. Always a Foreigner / Oct 21 2017 5:51 am

    That is a gorgeous skyline! I have seen many photos of it before, but it still never ceases to amaze. Charlotte, NC has a building that is very similar to the one with the cutout in the top section. I wonder who copied who!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 12:49 pm

      Shanghai’s skyline is awe inspiring, but not sure who did the cutout building first.

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  8. Brian Lageose / Oct 21 2017 7:57 am

    The night shots are fantastic! And now there’s another plink in my Bucket List… 😉

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  9. gerard oosterman / Oct 21 2017 9:19 am

    Lovely photos, and all the best for Potsie. Both of you; have a rice time!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 12:54 pm

      Thanks Gerard. We’re doing well. In Mongolia and heading to Russia tonight.

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  10. Deb / Oct 21 2017 11:28 am

    Wow that is impressive and beautiful! Saying and sending prayers for Potsie!! xo

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  11. Louise M Oliver / Oct 21 2017 11:49 am

    Peggy, those photos are amazing! So many beautiful, brightly coloured lights. Thank you. I’m keeping Potsie in my thoughts and prayers and am pleased that he’s gotten into rehab. relatively quickly. Best wishes to you and John.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 12:57 pm

      Thanks Louise. So pleased Potsie is moving to rehab soon. Tonight we’re on a train to Russia.

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  12. lulu / Oct 21 2017 12:18 pm

    Have a friend who lives in Shanghai and I’d like to visit before she leaves.

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  13. Ralph / Oct 21 2017 1:16 pm

    My family lived in Shanghai for five years around 2010 and its still their favourite place. Of course it was before me (Ralph) was born but I’ve seen the incredible photos… one day …

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 1:33 pm

      Oh Ralph, that would have been an amazing experience. Pity you missed it.

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  14. Vicki / Oct 21 2017 1:37 pm

    I love the night scene of the Bund.

    (and glad to hear Potsie is moving into rehab. – I’m hoping he has the good fortune to be in a place where the latest research is being implemented for physiotherapy and training for the other side of the brain to take over the functions and damage lost. I never ceased to be amazed at the power of the Mind).

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 1:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Vicki. Potsie is in Dallas and , like you, I hope he can be on the receiving end of the latest technology and medical wisdom.

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  15. Osyth / Oct 21 2017 4:06 pm

    $30 to use the lift 😲 …. wonderful pictures but mostly I am heartened by the need on Potsie though doubtless it is a question of baby steps on a long road. I remain actively engaged in supporting him from here 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 5:02 pm

      Thanks so very much Osyth. Potsie is a gem—sassy to the core. I can hardly imagine the baby steps ahead for him, but I have promised that I’ll come cook for him if he works hard enough to make it home.

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      • Osyth / Oct 21 2017 9:52 pm

        My stepson spent a year working with four severely brain-injured adults in a specialist rehab unit. He has now moved on and is working autistic young adults and I am so proud of him. Potsie will need all the love and care and all the determination to succeed but he WILL get there. I fell I know him through you – please tell him that your dotty Franglais friend is rooting for him and sending her strongest magic his way through the ether. I will not promise to cook for him but I do promise I will not give up. I think you know me well enough to know that is a certainty 🌸

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 23 2017 12:34 pm

        I’m super proud of your son too. His work is an act of love, determination and hope. Potsie moves to rehab today and the best news is that he is able to lift his left leg. All in the right direction. Thanks so much for weaving your strong magic.

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  16. thewonderer86 / Oct 21 2017 5:38 pm

    Wow, you definitely saved the best for last. Sending lots of positive energy to Potsie on his road to recovery.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 21 2017 5:58 pm

      Thanks so much. I really like that last pic. And Potsie will totally appreciate the positive energy.

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  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 22 2017 8:56 am

    What an incredible city, such diverse and interesting architecture.

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  18. Chris Riley / Oct 22 2017 6:26 pm

    Yes a gorgeous night sky line. Prague has been the best I’ve seen, but I haven’t really travelled that much out of Australia to compare. I need two life times….

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 23 2017 11:53 am

      Two lifetimes—just what I need too. I need to revisit Prague and get a skyline pic.

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  19. Phil Huston / Oct 23 2017 9:25 am

    Godspeed to Potsie. I once got busted offering historical landmark commentary in the Sheraton Waikiki’s free outside elevator. People tipped me, I kept riding! The skyline is fantastic and it’s down to the amazing colors. And the architectural melange is something almost every other city in the world would have zoning arguments for years about and they just build it. How cool is that?

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 23 2017 11:59 am

      I never knew about your life as a tour guide. Nice work! Ah yes, zoning requirements are ignored or non-existent in many places.

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  20. jeanleesworld / Oct 24 2017 9:19 pm

    Thank you for the update from your friend! Daylight robbery about the elevator ride is right. I mean, you can always charge for refreshments, or to use those telescope-binocular thingeys, but just to ride the elevator? Pish and spit on that!
    But the photos are beautiful. I can’t help but agree about that skyline. 🙂 xxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 24 2017 9:28 pm

      We didn’t pish and spit on that, but I love the sentiment. I’ll keep that one up my sleeve. 🙂

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  21. paolsoren / Oct 29 2017 7:05 pm

    It is good to see that some of the old buildings have been kept.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 31 2017 3:58 am

      The old buildings are gorgeous and on The Bund side of the river.

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