This museum has five floors that detail the ambitious plans of Shanghai's urban planners. Visitors are provided with a ... More
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
This museum has five floors that detail the ambitious plans of Shanghai's urban planners. Visitors are provided with a glimpse of how Shanghai will look like in a couple of decades. The centerpiece on the third floor is a huge model of the city as it is now. Check out the map on the first half floor, where the districts scheduled to be cleared for new constructions and green areas are marked. In the basement, old Shanghai is rebuilt with house entrances, cobbled stone-ways and operating shops and tea-houses.
The urban planning exhibition hall captures the painstaking thought that goes into developing a city. We need more of these types of examples to further our understanding of cities that are leading the way into the 21st century.
There was little signage providing you with details on the various floors and thus I spent far too much time on the first 2 floors not knowing that the top floors contained all the "meat".
I was told it's a must see but found it rather boring. The best part of the visit was the exhibit of Russian Art they had on the top floor. It made the stop totally worthwhile. I'm sure the city planning aspects are interesting if you're an architect, builder or city planner.
When my friend Joe Sloboda first told me that we were going to the Urban Planning Museum I was not exactly thirlled, but soon after entering the hall I quickly changed my mind.
I was absolutely amazed at how cool this place is, the tour guide was super infomative and it was crazy to learn how well planned out this massive city was and is (the local Government actually has every planned building on the books for the next 10yrs, what they will look like, where they will go, etc)
It was really cool to see how efficient and prozctive these people are when it comes to developing there city and making it better. When you consider it takes years to get approvals and complete a simple runway at a local US airport it is crazy to see how quickly they can build a complete city in Shanghai.
I would recommend this as a place to visit for just about anyone, it definetly was not boring and it only took about 90 mintues. Then you end up below the facility in a cool little food court area that has some really great local fare. All in all a great way to spend part of your morning and you will learn more about this amazing city than the average person would ever know.
Any tourist visits Shanghai, must see the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall first taking enough time ( say full half day) to know Shanghai of yesteryears, today and its future plan.Then only he should look for Shanghai of today. Our local guide took us on the last day as a visiting place that is not good.I consider thet I missed Shanghai and wish to go again.
I will tell you this once. Urban planing hall is a great place for adults but not so great for children because the miniture cities might not amuse the kids. I myself really love architecture so I really enjoyed this. I love this place and I hope I will visit it again. I give this a thums up!!
The scale model of the entire city is just incredible. We spent some time looking around the place in general, but the model is the main reason to go. If you're living in Shanghai (or visiting for an extended period of time), go here after you've been around for a month or so: It's much cooler when you can identify all the places you've been.
The Shanghai Urban Planning Center thing was Great!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/3/04
This amazing building contains an incredibly accurate model of the city in a couple of decades, complete with every tiny little detail and every single building!The model is huge and incredible. There is also a super-cool rotating statue of Shanghai's modern buildings in the lobby.
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