The fourth floor contains a massive model of the greater Shanghai area, complete with the buildings and bridges slated for construction. On the same floor is a 360 degree movie theater that takes you on a 3-D tour of the Shanghai of the future.
The exhibit is a new urban developer’s dream come true, with mixed use galore, plenty of greenspace (40% by 2020), and the most state-of-the-art transportation the world has to offer. Shanghai is the proud owner of the fastest train on earth, a magnetic levitation marvel that whizzes at 430km/hour from the subway to the airport. In three years the Shanghai to Beijing leg will be complete.
The place is incredible and makes me excited to think about the vision this city has for itself. Shanghai and the rest of China’s cities are lucky that they can reshape themselves for the modern world without suffering through the trials and errors of Western cities. Although Shanghai has always been a city of global importance, it is now set to become a global city in its own right.