On a trip to Shanghai, you might visit The Bund, Yu Garden or the Oriental Pearl Tower. Maybe you’ve done more research and are headed towards M50 or the Oriental Art Center for less popular photos that haven’t been tried and tested by every tourist ever. Yeah, yeah. Been there, done that. Let me introduce you to something fresh, something trendy. The best photo spots might be right under your nose. You could’ve passed it a million times. In this post, I’ll be letting you in on two photogenic commercial buildings in Shanghai that you absolutely cannot miss.
The great thing about these commercial buildings in Shanghai is that they are easy to get to, and chances are, you’re walking past them every day. Oh, and of course, I’m your budget-friendly homegirl so visiting these spots are free! When I think about it, the people who work in these towers are very lucky they get to experience a great architectural working environment on a daily basis. I think I speak for all of us slaving away in gloomy, messy offices when I say I’m jealous.
SOHO Fuxing Plaza
The first of our two Instagram-worthy commercial buildings in Shanghai can be found at the famed SOHO Fuxing Road in the Huaihai central business district. SOHO Fuxing Plaza is the commercial symbol of a Li Long-inspired site designed by German firm gmp Architekten. The building towers above Shanghai Xintiandi proudly, offering a mixture of old and new with its strategic setting between the hundred-year-old Saints Church and high-end retail outlets.
The designated photo zone of SOHO Fuxing Plaza is instantly recognisable as soon as you enter the office tower. The museum-style lobby will catch anyone’s eye immediately with its light rings adorning the lift area. The design is described as embodying a full artistic atmosphere – and it really does show through. I’ll let my pictures speak for themselves.
SOHO Fuxing Plaza
388 Madang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
The Exchange SOHO
Towering at 217 metres, The Exchange SOHO comprises of 52 floors and took ten years to complete, with construction beginning in 1994 and ending in 2004. The skyscraper was designed by JY Design Planning, an American architecture and urban planning firm in Shanghai that was nominated “Most Popular” of their trade in 2004. It is conveniently located at an influential office area in the core of West Nanjing Road’s central business district.
The lobby of The Exchange SOHO is what you’d expect in a modern office building. Glass interiors and reflective surfaces cover the floors and ceilings, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit grimy as I stepped inside. What’s so special about The Exchange SOHO, though, is the large-scale spiral staircase that reaches up to the banquet floors. If you search the location on Instagram, you’ll find many beautiful shots of this large structure. Unfortunately, the guard wouldn’t let me up when I visited. He was in a sour mood, boo. 🙁
The Exchange SOHO
1486 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai
+021 6171 8888
Were you surprised that these two commercial buildings in Shanghai hid such great gems? I’m no Shanghai expert or travel expert, but next time you fly away somewhere, look in between the lines for places you could go to. Don’t just search through TripAdvisor for the most popular tourist spots. Dig into blogs and social media. You won’t regret it, I promise.
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