In a metropolis this large, we often face the daunting task of whittling down the myriad worthy attractions to a chosen few; thankfully, the Lujiazui District is an easy choice. Located on the east bank of the Huangpu River in Pudong, this is a government appointed financial area that is home to a seemingly endless charade of 5-star hotels, international banks, and some of the world's greatest skyscrapers.
It's disorienting how tall some of these buildings are. The Jin Mao Tower rises 88 floors above the ground and is primarily an office building with a swimming pool on the 57th floor. The Oriental Pearl Tower is an architectural wonder with 15 observation decks, rising 468 meters (1,535 feet) above the ground. At this moment, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the second-tallest in the world and has 101 floors, with 3 observation decks near the top that provide superlative views of the city. If you are one to be blown away by the sheer size of modern buildings, then there are few other places on Earth that match Lujiazui.