Modern Shanghai: The World’s Largest City

SHA 112-601
  • Shanghai Urban Planning Center
  • World-famous Bund (Shanghai skyline)
  • World’s fastest train
  • The Shanghai Tower
Program Overview
Country: China
Depart: 02/05/2017 0800
Return: 02/05/2017 1700
Duration: Full-Day
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 16 / Max 100
Program Fee
$122 (early booking: $115)

Field Work Conflicts
  • HDFS 302 Marriage and Family Relationships (Section 1)
  • IE 471 Children and Youth in Context

Shanghai Urban Planning Centre
Despite its dry-sounding name, this informative and interesting venue contains some amazing scale models depicting Shanghai at various points in its development. The most impressive one is the model that shows all existing and approved buildings in Shanghai, and takes up an entire floor of the museum. Another model shows how Shanghai will look in a few decades, and Old Shanghai has been reconstructed on a lower floor, complete with cobblestones, shops and teahouses.

Take in the most amazing view of your life from Shanghai’s world-famous Bund
The Bund is the famous waterfront regarded for hundreds of years as the symbol of Shanghai. On the Bund side of the river, magnificent colonial architecture represents the splendor of old Shanghai. Across the water, enormous skyscrapers rise up to create a futuristic skyline that has to be seen to be believed.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to your next stop

Ride the Maglev, the world’s fastest train.
The train leaves Shanghai and takes only eight minutes to travel the thirty kilometers to Pudong International Airport. The train has been tested to a speed of 501 kilometers per hour, but for normal commercial operation it’s limited to a leisurely 431 kilometers per hour. Each train can carry 959 passengers, and there are 12 departures each hour from the terminal at the airport.

A unique Chinese New Year experience: Visit Shanghai Train Station to truly gain a deep understanding of the 21st century. Learn about and experience first-hand what the “The World’s Largest Annual Human Migration” is all about.

The Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower is a mega-tall skyscraper located at the core of Pudong’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Area in Shanghai. The structure is 632 meters tall, which makes it the tallest building in China, and the third tallest in the world. The unique design of the tower’s glass facade, which completes a 120° twist as it rises or about 1° per floor, is intended to reduce wind loads on the building in order to withstand Shanghai’s frequent typhoons. The Tower sports 121 floors above ground and 5 floors underground, with an observation deck on floor 119, 552 meters above ground. The elevator goes up at record speed and takes less than a minute.


Meals Included

Lunch at a local restaurant