Sci-fi Shanghai: a giant city
Look out across the horizon of this gigantic city and high-rise give way to high-rise after high-rise.
There are litererally hundreds of skyscrappers and it is breathtaking in scale. And there needs to be, this is one of the biggest cities in the world with a population of around 20m - more than 45 times that of Liverpool.
During the drive from the airport to downtown Shanghai our minibus did not touch terra firma until just before we arrived at the hotel, this is a two level city with a huge network of elevated highways.
One imagines when the elevated highway becomes congested Shanghai may just build another road level on top. With a national economic growth rate target of 8% there are no signs that this burgeoning city is about to stop growing and developing.
And that is part of the huge scale of this city. Shanghai is a functional city that now has a massive infrastructure in place to make sure its army of workers can get to work.
As a communist country everyone has a job. Stood outside the World Expo site it became evident just how this system is kept running.
Crossing the road at a corner there was not just one helper but two - a man with a whistle to alert pedestrians when they could cross (despite a high-tech automated crossing system that even had a countdown clock showing the number of seconds left before the lights changed) and a woman with a flag, presumably for traffic.
Another thing that struck me is the respect for authority that ordinary Chinese people have. Stood for less than a minute in an organised queue for a taxi later in the evening a group attempted to get into a waiting taxi. All it took was a few words from a man herding the queue and the group abonded the bid to beat the queue.
Today I should get a full look around Liverpool's pavilion at the World Expo, so I'll report back later on that.