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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:58 AM   #1
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Shanghai from the Lupu Bridge

Hello All,

Last weekend I visited the Lupu Bridge, the world's second longest arch bridge (superseded as the world's longest in 2009 by Chaotianmen Bridge in Chongqing), with a main span of 550m. It is probably one of Shanghai's lesser known tourist attractions (I've been here over a year and a half and I still didn't know about it until a couple of weeks ago). Along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is one of two arch bridges in the world that visitors can walk up along to the top - and unlike the Sydney climb, it is cheap (only 38RMB this month, or 80RMB regular) and you can bring your own camera - which I certainly did. As a tourist attraction, I'd highly recommend it to any visitor to Shanghai - the crowds are very small, and the views rival any you get from the top of better known (and more expensive) observation towers such as SWFC or the Oriental Pearl. Now, without further ado, the pictures...

The bridge from below. I think this is the most attractive bridge in Shanghai.


The structure underneath.


A demonstration girder, showing the internal structure


Yours truly. The elevator to the main deck is at the far left.


Posing with the mascot for the 2010 Expo, Haibao.


Like all bridges in Shanghai, the Lupu Bridge bears its name written in traditional Chinese characters.


The way up


Traffic on the bridge...




...and on the river below.


Expo Zone construction, Puxi side


Jin Mao Building and SWFC




Barge with logs


Neighbouring buildings


Barge carrying a piece of the new Minpu Bridge being built much further downriver


And in the far background, you can make out the towers and the incomplete deck of the Minpu Bridge


Various views


























Lujiazui Skyline


Xupu Bridge, on the Outer Ring Road, the next bridge downriver from the Lupu Bridge


Expo Zone construction, Pudong side


The Chinese pavilion dominates the Pudong side of the river


Puxi Expo Zone, again


Looking upriver toward the Nanpu Bridge


Looking down onto the bridge deck below


Shanghai Stadium


Xujiahui twin towers above Grand Gateway Mall


Skyscraper cluster near People's Square


Expo Performing Arts Centre - looking more and more like a UFO everyday


Nanpu Bridge - the first bridge built across the Huangpu River in Shanghai


View from the elevator on the way down


I hope you all enjoyed. This is definitely one of the best viewpoints in the city, and I'd highly recommend the climb to all visitors to Shanghai. I'll be back next year to re-photograph the completed Expo zone.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 04:02 AM   #2
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just waow....the bridge its great also panorama too...
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Old May 19th, 2009, 04:43 AM   #3
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great photos, but weather sucks. the character of lupu bridge, looks like written by jiangzemin, former shanghai mayer.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:41 AM   #4
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Shanghai photos are great indeed; very nice
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Thanks Chemist. Something unusual and interesting. Judging from the photos the skyscrapers in Lujiazui are quite far away. Any idea how far away they actually are?
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Ohh cummon guys .The sky looks horrible .I know all of you will jump up and shout it is just fog and not smog filled dust but i will stand my ground and say again the air looks horribly dirty and everything is so blurred and most residential buildings look and m irror images of each other and none of them are even good .
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #7
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Ohh cummon guys .The sky looks horrible .I know all of you will jump up and shout it is just fog and not smog filled dust but i will stand my ground and say again the air looks horribly dirty and everything is so blurred and most residential buildings look and m irror images of each other and none of them are even good .
Some contrast adjustments and straightening of photos would have brought a much better result. Still these are very interesting and not very common views.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #8
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Ohh cummon guys .The sky looks horrible .I know all of you will jump up and shout it is just fog and not smog filled dust but i will stand my ground and say again the air looks horribly dirty and everything is so blurred and most residential buildings look and m irror images of each other and none of them are even good .
The sky here looks horrible? Looks pretty nice and blue to me.


This picture is representative of what the sky actually looked like on the day of the climb. The ones that look more hazy were taken with a long telephoto lens (10x) which really magnifies the effect of the haze. But for a city of 20 million, I really don't think that Shanghai has bad air quality - I ride my bicycle several times a week, and I never feel uncomfortable due to air quality.

Pansori, Lujiazui is about 10km NE of the Lupu Bridge.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 06:21 PM   #9
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Hopefully Chinese cities can get over the smog problem in the near future. I think its partly down to the weather there too, not good for getting rid of the smog. In Shanghai i didnt see a cloud for a couple of weeks, constant haze, which was definately due to the lack of wind. When the wind came, excellent blue skies. However it was mostly hazy.

In that pic above you can quite clearly see the smog hovering over the city. In a smog free city the blue would stretch right to the horizon - there it doesnt.

Good pics tho.
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Yeah it's smog. But i've seen way worse. For a city it's size it's not nearly as bad as it could be.
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It is not just the smog. Chinese cities have ae horrible collection of stacked up old appartments of 10 to 15 floors that look horribly ugly and each mirror images of each other .They just spoil the entire look of Chinese cities. I have said this on a Chinese BRT post and would say it again here .Those crammed up appartments look right out of sri lanka or keyna .They look horrible and there are scores and scores of them . I am aware the chinese government is investing heavily in improving environment and is working real hard on it
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