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Old March 7th, 2010, 11:40 AM   #401
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SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER

At 492 meters high, the SFWC is Shanghai's tallest skyscraper and the 3rd highest in the world (after Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101).

Resembling a bottle cap opener, it contrasts with the adjacent Jin Mao Tower in its smooth facades and the sculptural form of the head into which they gracefully curve.

The SWFC casts the Jin Mao Tower (421m) into a junior position, but together they symbolize the new Lujiazu cluster on Shanghai's Pudong side.






At level 94 is a vast public plaza and above it is an observation deck on level 97. On the skybridge is another observation deck at level 100. This is the highest public observation facility in the world.




At night, SWFC stands outs in height and lighting.








The ticket booth area is very high-tech and impressive. It features a display of LED art, designed for this facility by famous Japanese multi-media artist Toshio Iwai, which merges with the building and lead the observatory visitors to a magical world. Even the high speed elevator was not spared by Mr Iwai... The number tells us we are 415m above ground.

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There are 3 observation levels. The first one at level 94 is called the Sky Arena. Above it is the Sky Walk 97 at level 97. At level 100 is the bridge observation deck, more aptly called Sky Walk 100.

Despite offering the highest observatory in the world, it does not provide a 360° view of the city. The view is restricted to only 2 linear sides of the observation decks.











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Old March 8th, 2010, 10:02 AM   #404
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SHANGHAI'S HONGQIAO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Before the completion of Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao Airport served as Shanghai's main international airport. Today it only serves two direct international routes (Tokyo and Seoul). International destinations with connecting flights in other Chinese cities also departs from Hongqiao.









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Old March 8th, 2010, 10:10 AM   #405
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The airport gave me bad memories. This is where our flight was delayed for more than 2 hours. Sitting inside the unmoving plane on the tarmac for 2 hours was a nightmare. For more than an hour, the China Southern Airlines pilot and flight crew did not make any announcements on what the problem was. Only after angry passengers barge towards the flight attendants for explanation that we were told that the delay was due to "air traffic control" problem. After waiting for 1.5 hours, the pilot announced that the there was an air traffic control problem and that our plane will be leaving in 10 minutes. After 30 minutes and still no plane movement, passengers were again shouting and cursing the attendants. Can't blame them passengers. If only I can speak Chinese, I could have joined the fray. There is limit to human patience, especially if you are tricked to believing something that is not.

The air traffic control issue was a ridiculous excuse. How can an airplane waiting for clearance for take-off be delayed for more than 2 hours? I was seated on a window seat and I saw a Korean Airlines plane arrive, park and leave while we were already seated and ready to leave even before the Korean Air plane arrived. If it's a air traffic control problem, we should have left ahead of KAL. It was the most convenient excuse because there is no way for the passengers to know if there is indeed an air traffic control issue which delayed the take off. I believe the airline was trying to conceal a problem which delayed the flight.

Due to the delay, I missed my connecting flight to Saigon in Guangzhou. This is the reason why I had a day to spare in Guangzhou..At Guangzhou airport, I demanded to be booked in the next possible flight to Saigon but was not allowed to. According to the staff, China Southern's protocol was to book their delayed passengers only in another CS flight if the delay was not the airline's fault. And the next flight was 24 hours later! After more than an hour of bickering, the airline just won't give in.

I was provided accommodation in a cheap hotel near the airport. While having breakfast in the morning, I was in the company of 8 Nigerian nationals whose flight from Hangzhou to Ethiopia via Guangzhou was also delayed. They were delayed in Hangzhou for 1.5 hours allegedly also due to "air traffic control" problems, thus missing their connecting flight to Ethiopia. Their predicament was worse because they have to wait for another 3 days before the next available flight from Guangzhou to Dar es Salaam in Ethiopia. Imagine stuck for 3 days in a hotel smelling of old age and located some 30 kilometers from the city.

Apparently, delayed flights are China Southern's specialty and blaming it to "air traffic control" is always the excuse. So if you are going to China, avoid taking China Southern Airlines as much as possible.


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OMG. just looking at the pics from the SWFC made me sick.

great photos nonetheless!
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The airport gave me bad memories. This is where our flight was delayed for more than 2 hours. Sitting inside the unmoving plane on the tarmac for 2 hours was a nightmare. For more than an hour, the China Southern Airlines pilot and flight crew did not make any announcements on what the problem was. Only after angry passengers barge towards the flight attendants for explanation that we were told that the delay was due to "air traffic control" problem. After waiting for 1.5 hours, the pilot announced that the there was an air traffic control problem and that our plane will be leaving in 10 minutes. After 30 minutes and still no plane movement, passengers were again shouting and cursing the attendants. Can't blame them passengers. If only I can speak Chinese, I could have joined the fray. There is limit to human patience, especially if you are tricked to believing something that is not.

The air traffic control issue was a ridiculous excuse. How can an airplane waiting for clearance for take-off be delayed for more than 2 hours? I was seated on a window seat and I saw a Korean Airlines plane arrive, park and leave while we were already seated and ready to leave even before the Korean Air plane arrived. If it's a air traffic control problem, we should have left ahead of KAL. It was the most convenient excuse because there is no way for the passengers to know if there is indeed an air traffic control issue which delayed the take off. I believe the airline was trying to conceal a problem which delayed the flight.
A lot of people have similar stories on the mysterious delays at Shanghai's airports. China's air force sometimes conduct military exercises over Shanghai's air space and hence all civil flights have to be put to a halt. There's even stories of inbound planes turning back to the origin airport.

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Yea I often hear fighter jets in the sky in shanghai. Those trails left by those jets are often seen too.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #409
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A lot of people have similar stories on the mysterious delays at Shanghai's airports. China's air force sometimes conduct military exercises over Shanghai's air space and hence all civil flights have to be put to a halt. There's even stories of inbound planes turning back to the origin airport.
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Yea I often hear fighter jets in the sky in shanghai. Those trails left by those jets are often seen too.
May be true but not at that time. I saw KAL arrived, parked at the adjacent aerobridge, disembark passengers, boarded passengers, left and took off, in my full view because I was on the window seat.

The last picture that I posted, where a China Eastern plane parks is exactly the same spot were KAL parked a few minutes after the China Eastern plane left. If only knew that things will get worse, I could have taken pictures.

What irked most of the passengers is the delay in giving out information of what's happening.

And incidentally, the delay also happened in Hangzhou and not just in Shanghai. Same airline, same reason, different cities hundreds of miles apart.
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GUANGZHOU'S BAIYUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Guangzhou's airport is very well prepared to receive the influx of foreign visitors in time for the city's hosting of the Asian Games this year. Baiyun International Airport is massive, and is mainland China's 2nd busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic with 33.4 million passengers handled in 2008.


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Guangzhou's airport is very well prepared to receive the influx of foreign visitors in time for the city's hosting of the Asian Games this year. Baiyun International Airport is massive, and is mainland China's 2nd busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic with 33.4 million passengers handled in 2008.


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This is Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) in Saigon as well as the first 3 pics in post #411! I flew out of SGN a dozen of times.
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Thanks for the correction.
I mixed up the pics. I landed in Saigon from Guangzhou, hence the mix up.
I edited my post already.
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ON THE ROAD IN GUANGZHOU

Smog in Guangzhou was all over the place during a morning cab ride from the hotel near the airport to the city.













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