The fastest lifts in the world took us up 118 floors in 29 secs to a record height.
Although it’s not the world’s tallest building, that’s Dubai’s Burj Khalifa which Roger has been up, the Shanghai Tower has the world’s highest observation deck.
Opened in 2015, the Shanghai Tower is a multi-purpose vertical city, with a 120 degree architectural twist that makes it so beautiful to look at, as well as strengthening the whole structure, allowing its lighter framework to be more wind resistant.
It’s amazing to look so far down at the 1920s riverfront buildings of The Bund, the almost insignificant other skyscrapers, and the miles and miles of apartment flats radiating out in all directions. This is a city of 24 million in a country of 1.2 billion. Welcome to today’s China.
After Mao died in 1976, Deng Xiaoping took over, declaring “To get rich is glorious” and the entrepreneurial Chinese spirit was unleashed. Just 35 years later, China is the second biggest economy in the world, and responsible for lifting the largest number of people out of poverty.
We wanted to include China in this trip, as it’s key to so much that’s happening in the world. To provide context to today’s macro events, to reflect upon the seismic changes happening, to appreciate the type of world our children will live in, there’s a need to understand China.
So with a route that begins in Shanghai and ends in Hong Hong, we aim to travel away from the iconic tourist spots, trying to get under the skin of this beguiling country.