If you are stunned by the look of Shanghai today, you can go and see how it will be looking like in 2020. The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall is at a short walk across the Renmin Square and it is a worth place to visit and more interesting than what its name suggests.
The centerpiece is the enormous scale model of city centre which takes up the upper floor entirely. Showing the future as well as current development and it is mind blowing. There are also raised walkways to view the model from different angles. The details are fascinating and it shows clearly that what is planned and what already exists. It is also considered to be a good introduction to Shanghai city and will give you a good perspective as well as introduction to the city. This building is attractive and has space for the temporary exhibitions.
With the five stores there is, and of course a great deal seeing than vast scale model. As you have expected, it is very much high tech and have some great displays, walk through, interactive exhibits, sound light and visual effects and illustrate the various aspects of the urban planning of Shanghai. These exhibits are thorough and detailed providing you the information on the urban planning of Shanghai city in future.
You will find a small model of the inner Shanghai at entrance. You will also find shop shops restaurants, tea houses in the basement which is presented as the reproduction of Shanghai Street of the 1930s The other floor house displays hands-on and passive that how planner look at the airport development, all kinds of transport, port, subway and light trains are going to change the face of this city, leisure activities, greening the city, managing waterways, etc. There are photographs of contemporary and colonial Shanghai on mezzanine demonstrating the development of the city in this short time. There is an art gallery and a café on the fifth floor.
This city is themed as the Human, environment, city and Development and the planning of this city is one of the hot topics all over the world and attracts tourist from all over the world. The glimpse of future and present Shanghai provide very much elements for thinking, enjoyment and overview of this overwhelming city.