The other thing you'll note as you tour the museum, which I find fascinating about China in general, is the number of large-scale projects undertaken, underway, and planned. The construction and development here is on a scale you can't imagine. You seemingly can't walk four blocks in Shanghai without passing a major construction site. Qingpu, 45 minutes outside the city, had no less than 100 high rise building under construction. In Hangzhou, an hour fast train ride southwest, you could look up and find 10 cranes at work no matter where you were in the city. Near the Shanghai Circuit, a 40 minute subway train ride northwest, 25 more high rise buildings under construction. You have the fastest train in the world with the Maglev, the not so long ago completed Shanghai-Pudong airport, Shanghai Tower, the list goes on and on. Right or wrong, and certainly not without it's drawbacks, they build, build big, build often, and build fast. Another of those on display in the museum is the Yangshan Deep Water Port. Haven't heard of it? Neither have I. It's just a 32.5km bridge (the second longest ocean bridge in the world) out to a deep water port built around a few small islands to circumvent issues with large container ships entering the shallow water of the Shanghai port. Oh yeah, they also built a round community around a round lake where the bridge meets land just for the heck of it. Completed in 2005, I don't think it even registered on the news or any of Discovery/NatGeo/History channel's Engineering Marvels, Build It Bigger, and whatever other shows are out there. That's how much is going on here.
|The Urban Planning and Exhibition Museum.|
|Model as you enter on the 1st floor|
|The 4th floor model|
|Model of Yangshan Deep Water Port|
|Deep water port constructed around Greater|
Yangshan island and Lesser Yangshan Island