Photo by Le Niners // From Shanghaiist Flickr Pool
How much of this quote would you agree with?: “The quality of Shanghai’s high-profile architecture is now world class,” says Dodington. “While early versions of the city’s skyscrapers were mostly boxes covered in glass, today each structure needs to embody China’s ascendancy. Subtle, avant garde exteriors fuse Western and oriental aesthetics, while massive dimensions embody the city’s economic might.” From Asia Times.
Speaking of towering buildings, they have towering prices. The cost of offices in the top floors of the 101-story SWFC in Lujiazui is around 273 million rmb (just over US $41 million).
More Shanghai news after the jump:
- Yu Yuan is apparently too crowded. It’s set to double in size from its present 250,000 square meters to 500,000 square meters in five to ten years. While the optimist in me hopes that it means that amazing places like Ever-Spring Hall will get renovated, more likely it’ll be just more of Old Town getting razed.
- Urbanatomy reveals the headliner for the 2011 Shanghai Midi Festival: “legendary American hard rock band Mr Big.” Hahahahahahah ahahahahahaha. Ha.
- The details of a match fixing agreement in 2003 between China’s “best referee” Lu Jun and the Shanghai Shenhua team have now been released. Shanghai Shenhua successfully overtook Shanghai International in the league table after a 4 to 1 victory in that match and went on to win that year’s domestic league championship.
- The 301-room Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel has now opened in the Himalayas Center in Pudong.
- Well here’s a load off our minds: six conniving criminals selling fake Apple products have been brought to justice!