This day of my business trip around the world ended with one of the most spectacular view on this planet. As described in my last post, we flew into Taiwan the day before. Suffering from jet lag due to 9h physical time difference to the US west coast, I had a short night, hitting the sheets around 10pm, then being wide awake at 3am in the middle of the night. I don’t fight jet lag, so I got up and started working on emails and doing calls. At 9am I was in our Hsinchu Office for management meetings and an employee town hall. A quick but great lunch with our Taiwanese hosts, then a driver took us back to Taipei airport were we took a brand new China Southern A350 for the 1h 15min flight to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. I was on the ground in Taiwan for less than 24 hours. I didn’t even get as much as a glimpse of Taipei city or the Taipei 101 tower. Landing around 6pm we cleared immigration and found our driver who took us to the hotel in Pudong where we arrived around 8pm. Despite being dead tired after a super long day, I couldn’t let this opportunity slip away. Getting around Shanghai by taxi is cheap and easy. So I through my stuff in the room, changed into shorts and T-Shirt, grabbed the cam, and ten minutes later took a cab to drop me at the Pearl Tower for some quick nightly sightseeing around one of the world’s most spectacular skylines. See yourself after the jump…. (more…)
My entry for this weeks Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Looking Up at Things is a photo I took during a business trip to China back in 2013 inside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai. The Hyatt is inside the Jin Mao Tower, one of my absolutely favorite skyscrapers on this planet. The architecture of this one of its kind. The barrel like atrium starts at the 56th floor and extends upwards to the 87th floor. Lined with 28 annular corridors and staircases arrayed in a spiral, it is 27 m in diameter with a clear height of approximately 115 m.
Jin Mao Tower itself has 93 floors and a height of 420.5 metres (1,380 feet). At the time of opening the Grand Hyatt was the highest hotel in the world.
I’m safely back home in Nuremberg and looking forward to a couple of free days. I brought back some street photos of Portland and some spectacular aerial views of Mount Hood, the Sierra Nevada and Los Angeles I took on my travel day back to Nuremberg. Need to process the images and will post soon 😉
Have a great weekend!