Flying into Pudong Airport you fly over the Donghai bridge, the longest sea bridge in the world, it’s pretty striking at over 20 miles long… That sets you up well for the pretty bazaar scale of Shanghai, the airport ups the ante!
Once you’re in the terminal the scale of the place is incredible, you arrive half way along a single arrivals corridor that seems to stretch for over a kilometre in each direction, before getting onto the Maglev train into Shanghai itself…
The train is spectacular partly because it feels so ordinary… Travelling at over 190 miles an hour seems pretty effortless when you’re floating on magnets; we didn’t actually get up to the top speed of 260 miles per hour, although that’s probably just as well since the entire journey only took 5 minutes as it was, anything over $3 per minute may have left me feeling slightly ripped off!
Like Bombay, Shanghai has just over 20 million inhabitants, around 90% of the population of Australia compressed into less than 0.1% of the land area 8-)… That density mixed with the new found wealth makes for a pretty impressive skyline. See below.