The first stop this morning was going to be the Shanghai Museum, but when the driver pulled up, the line to get in was miles long, so we went to the Jinmao Tower first instead.  It’s in the Pudong area on the east side of the river.  The van went under a really long tunnel under the Huangpu River to get there.  Not crowded and the day was clear – probably the best day we’ve had.  Jinmao Tower is designed as a modern adaptation of a traditional Chinese pagoda.  It has 13 distinct tapering segments, with high-tech steel bands binding the glass like an exoskeleton.  We zipped up to the 88th floor on a very fast elevator (45 seconds to the top) – my ears popped a couple of times.  The view from the top is pretty spectacular. Continue reading