Shanghai World Expo Site, China

Location | Shanghai World Expo site, China

The World Expo which was held in Shanghai 2010, has left an area abandoned. However, some places have been reused such as the World Expo Park which put combined ecology with the reuse of buildings from the Expo as a stage for performances. This photo shows an area of the Expo site which was previously used for leisure activities while is now an abandoned plane in a abandoned setting.

Beautiful photo by a talented photography enthusiast, Thana Gu.

Datong, China

Location | Datong, Shanxi province, China

The original city wall in Datong was built in 1372. It was 14 meters high, had 4 main gates, 4 turrets and 46 watch towers. The ancient city used to be one of the nine military towns along the Great Wall of China. The industrialisation however damaged or destroyed some of its old buildings and thus its history. If planners and developers in Datong had been more sensitive and respected its history, then Datong would perhaps still be as beautiful today.

Now, however, the municipality has initiated a restoration plan which has been going on for more several years. The plan has the intention of restoring the city walls similar to how it looked like in its glorious years. Moreover, Datong’s municipal government have started demolishing newer buildings in favor of replicating older ones. The city will thus shift its focus towards a historical tourism.

The formerly disordered urban planning in the city was an important fight for an upcoming Chinese historical revivalist movement. Supporters of urban regeneration have praised the movement for protecting the city’s traditional culture, giving the city a face-lift, and improving the environment and air quality. Critics, however, say that the movement is a waste of money and labor because they claim the restored buildings don’t live up to their former glory, and that the municipal government has failed to properly compensate and relocate displaced residents.

Jin Yuan Bridge area, Beijing, China

Location | Jin Yuan Bridge area, Beijing, China

The interchanges in China are one of a kind, not to mention the traffic itself! The 400 main interchanges in Bejing itself takes up 60% of the time spent in traffic. But what a masterpiece enveloping the land. It might not be seen when driving but it is beautiful seeing it from above.

Beijing South Railway Station, China

Location | Beijing South Railway Station, Beijing, China

Beijing South Railway Station opened in 1897, but was rebuilt in 2008 into this fabulous landmark seen from an aerial view. It has a wavy roof which to some seem like a spaceship. Have you seen any similar landmarks?

Border Control Macau

Location | Border control, Western terminus, China

There are two entrances into Macau from China. We see part of the Lotus bridge linking China with Macau. In Macau they drive on the left side, while in China they drive on the right side. Therefore the roads have an unusual arrangement (looking like a cartoon figure with a snorkel) in order to switch from the way driving is done in those two countries.

Beijing Airport, China

Location | Beijing Capital International Airport, China

Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital Internation Airport is the second largest passenger terminal in the world (986,000m2). It is the busiest airport in Asia, and second busiest in the world. The roof of Terminal 3 was initially red, which is the Chinese color for good luck. The design of the roof is beautifully shaped and is perhaps one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the world. It has moreover many triangular windows to let in daylight, which can be adjusted to ensure adequate interior lighting.