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A Drink at Park Hyatt in Shanghai

Shanghai (China).  It was at the end of a long and tough studying day (in that period I was doing my executive MBA at TRIUM and the class was in China) when I headed to Pudong, the financial district of Shanghai, to have a drink at the Shanghai World Financial Center. I heard that at the top of this super tall skyscraper, just below the observatory deck, there was the bar of the Park Hyatt Hotel, named 100 Century Avenue Bar. No need to say: my camera was with me of course! I had been informed that the view was amazing, and I was quite excited; but to be honest, I was totally unprepared to this landscape…

It was not a peak hour, so when I arrived there the place was empty enough to have the privilege to choose my table; luckily, there was one available close to the window. Although it was already dark and a bit foggy, I could see the wonderful landscape down of me: the close Jin Mao Tower was looking so “small” and short from there – and few minutes before, from the ground, it was such a massive building – that I really had the feeling of flying. I was totally mesmerised: I captured several photographs, some of them being “disturbed” by thick clouds passing down of me. But I still have clear in my mind that experience and even today I can say that it was one of the most exciting drinks I have ever had in my life.

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The Spinning Staircase at Grand Hyatt Hotel Shanghai

Shanghai (China). Discovering and photographing geometries around me is always very stimulating and exciting. For this reason I love shooting architectures, especially contemporary ones.

I photographed this place some years ago: I would have liked to challenge my readers asking them to tell me what they thought it could be; but unless someone has already been here, it’s very difficult to guess. No, it’s not an illuminated tunnel: this is the lobby of a famous (one of the most famous, to be honest) hotel in Shanghai, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Jin Mao Tower. The impressive sequence of floors, with a strong yellow light and the sequence of small terraces, takes the observers’ attention and inexorably brings them to the top of the very high ceiling, somehow like a virtual twist.

If you are in Shanghai, I recommend a visit to this place – it’s really unique! and to capture it with the camera, including as much as possible of this incredible place in your photo, try a very wide lens (I used a fish-eye, for your information).

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The Former Shanghai Slaughterhouse

Shanghai (China). It’s official name is “1933 Laochangfang”, it was the Shanghai slaughterhouse and it was built – as written in its name – in 1933 during the pre-communist period. The building was expressly designed to manage the complicated logistic typical of a slaughterhouse: series of ramps, bridges, slipways and chutes were facilitating the work of men with their cattle, whereas a central atrium was the market. Visiting the 1933 Laochangfang is very impressive, even though today you can only imagine that in its original destination it was an abbattoir; and instead of cows or other animals, today the Shanghai slaughterhouse is a trendy location for events, with bars, restaurants, ballrooms and exhibitions.

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