lunch package courtesy of Great Wall Tours
Jiangnan Silk Factory
We had the chance to see how silk (used to be called "soft gold") is being made and why this oldest known textile is considered a luxury and enjoyed only by royalties in the olden times.
trying our hands on stretching silk to make quilt
Cruising on the Huangpu River (The Bund)
Buildings on the Bund (Pudong side):
Shanghai World Financial Center - tallest building since 2008
"SWFC can survive a massive 8 magnitude earthquake. There are fireproofed floors for escape; a dozen sets of obstacle indicator lights to warn low flying aircraft, as well as two wind dampers to reduce wind acceleration by 40%. In addition to lightning conductors covering the building, its glazed glass skin also protects against lightning and looks good too."
Jin Mao Tower - used to be the tallest; now the second tallest building
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
"This 468 meters (1,536 feet) high tower is the world's third tallest TV and radio tower surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto, Canada and Moscow, Russia."