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Starting in the early 1990s, and continuing at a rapid rate to this very day, the development of Pudong has transformed Shanghai. Home to the second, ninth, and twenty-first tallest buildings in the world by way of the Shanghai Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the Jin Mao Tower respectively, the financial district of Pudong represents modern Shanghai at its most glossy and gravity-defying. That's not forgetting the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, of course, which holds the title of world's third-tallest tower. You can enjoy the best views of Pudong from the Bund on the other side of the river, but gazing up at these superstructures and being whisked up to look down from their observations are different experiences altogether. Unsurprisingly, the district is home to some of the most expensive apartments in Shanghai, and some of the hotels here are pretty exclusive, too. The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai is one of them, and its rooftop bar is not only the highest in the city but the highest in China. The restaurants sit more on the swanky, international side of the fence (set off for the other side of the river for cheap Chinese eats), while children and grownups alike will love the Science and Technology Museum and the Ocean Aquarium. Pudong might not be subtle, but its restless energy is positively infectious.

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