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Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai
» The height of this TV tower is 468 meters. This is the third highest in Asia and the fifth highest tower in the world.
» The tower consists of 11 spheres of different sizes. Two largest spheres are 50 m and 45 m in diameter, the diameter of the smallest and the highest spheres is 14 meters.
» Two of the large spheres are linked by three columns, each of which is 9m in diameter.
» The TV tower has a revolving restaurant at a height 267 meters, there is a dance floor, bar and 20 rooms with karaoke at an altitude of 271 meters; the penthouse with an observation platform, a conference room and a coffee shop are situated at an altitude of 350 meters.
» The tower has amazing illumination at night.
Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai
» This was a gift of the Soviet government to China. The first exhibition of Soviet achievements held in this center was made in 1955.
» The exhibition center is very similar to the main building of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements in Moscow, and the central tower with a spire is similar to the Admiralty building in St. Petersburg.
» The Shanghai center was decorated by Chinese sculptors and artists. As a symbol of Soviet-Chinese friendship, visitors were greeted by a sculpture of a Chinese and Soviet workers with hammers.
» But during the cooling of relations between the governments, the original sculpture was replaced.
» The original name of the building was the House of Soviet-Chinese Friendship, while the present name appeared in 1984. The last restoration of the building dates to 2002.
» In Shanghai, 17 new modern exhibition centers have appeared during this time, but this is still the main place for international conferences.
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai
» According to the draft the building, the height will be 632 meters. It’s assumed that the Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China and the third largest free-standing structure, second only to the Tokyo Sky Tree (height 634 m) and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (height 828 m).
» After completion the tower won’t enjoy leading positions among Chinese constructions for a long time. In 2015, the Shanghai Tower will give way to the International Finance Centre in Shenzhen (exp. the first in China and the third in the world) that is currently under construction.
» The skyscraper will house offices, shops, a five-star hotel, exhibition and conference facilities, as well as areas for recreation and entertainment.
» When building of a skyscraper would be completed, the Shanghai Tower will connect the Jin Mao Tower and SWFC, thus forming the world's first contiguous group of three super-high buildings.
» Four Season Hotel, located between 84-th and 110-th floors, will be the highest hotel in the world.
Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai
» The constructors wanted to increase the height of the building by installing a spire to be higher than the tower of Taipei (509, 2m). But architects William Pedersen and developer Minoru Mori convinced everyone to leave the project as is.
» The cost of the project was estimated at $ 1 billion. There are 41 lifts and 33 escalators in the tower.
» The key feature of the skyscraper is that it has a high seismic protection and can withstand an earthquake of 7 points.
» There are 3 options for saving people’s lives: external elevators on the sides of the tower, internal protected staircases, every twelfth floor has its own reinforced, protected concrete frame.
» The highest observation deck is on the 100th floor at an altitude of 474 m. The high-speed elevator will deliver you there in just one minute.
» A distinctive feature of the skyscraper is the characteristic trapezoidal hole at the top.
Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai
» The theater's building is modern, with a well-equipped stage, the largest in the world.
» The huge 10-storey building has three stages, a large hall for 1800 seats, and two smaller ones – for 600 and 300 seats. # The main stage is equipped with the left and right additional scenes.
» Besides, there is a banquet hall and an underground two-storey parking in the theater.
» A beautiful, elegant lobby occupies an area of 2000 sq.m. The floor in the lobby is covered by a rare white marble, which is called "Greek".
» The theater has been visited by more than 10 million viewers during this time. Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti performed on the big stage. Other legends are - Royal Ballet, the ballet of the Paris National opera, the American Ballet Theater and others.
» The most stunning is the look of the Shanghai Theater at night - sparkling, radiant, like a crystal vessel.
Yangpu Bridge, Shanghai
Facts: » The Yangpu Bridge connects the banks of the Huangpujiang River. It was built in two and a half years.
» Its total length is 7658m. The length of the central span is 602 m.
» During its construction, it was the longest span not only in China, but also in the world.
» The towers as high as 210 m remind an inverted letter Y.
» An interesting landmark exists on one of the pillars: the inscription of the name of the bridge, made by Deng Xiaoping.
» The bridge has a six-lane roadway and two footpaths 2 m wide.
» Tourists and locals can enjoy the cityscapes and city views from here. A view over whole Shanghai is provided from the panoramic elevator.
» Capacity of the construction - 100,000 cars a day. The bridge became a symbolic place of Shanghai.