Last night driving through shanghai the size of the city was impossible to ignore. As LA has several ‘cities’ within the metro, so does Shanghai. Except that they are not connected by relatively low rise buildings. The place is dotted with skyscrapers
On the River (which to this point has been the most visually striking) the buildings are lit up like Tokyo? or Las Vegas. The citibank building’s entire and considerable facade is a billboard.
And there is old architecture, I think. I’m not sure how much of the ‘this is 500 years old’ i buy. Most looked awfully 18th century to me... Nonetheless the contrast isn’t even significant. This is a new city, it makes NYC feel staid and formal.