Even the Model of Shanghai is Huge

Look at this crazy place I found in Shanghai!

This was inside one of the many government buildings. It was a multi-story complex dedicated to the past, present, and future of Shanghai. It was filled with multimedia presentations on the water systems, photo exhibits of the Bund under British control, and video extrapolations of what the city would become in 2020.

Of all these cool things, the best was this gigantic model of Shanghai. I walked around it about five times, trying to get some kind of sense of how to photograph the dang thing. Then, finally, I decided to grab a shot that included a few tourists to show the scale of this monstrosity.

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Even the model of Shanghai is huge (by Stuck in Customs)

  • Incredible display here! What is the model made out of?

  • Really incredible!

    It’s made out of cheese. (not really… not sure).

  • Xen

    Great(and realistic) model there.

    Hope there wouldn’t be any mice there ;P

  • Okay now that is the most impressive model! What a sight!

  • How fortunate for you and us that you happened to find that exhibit, Trey!!!!! How amazing. Can you imagine the time and patience it took to build that huge city to scale!!! Great photo and adding the other tourists did lend prospective to the view. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful pictures with us. Gives us a chance to see parts of the world we wouldn’t otherwise πŸ™‚

  • casusan

    Fantastic Trey – I don’t know if I’d ever have the patience to build this!

  • Indibang

    oh ya! model making is not easy!

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  • Joy

    WOW! What an incredible model. I got exhausted just trying to think of all the work that went into this!

  • That is soooooo amazing! Such detail, so cool, great photo!

  • Jeannie

    If I was 10,I would like this for my tonka trucks.

  • Okay, so wow! This is amazing. Now I totally want to go to Shanghai.

  • nottiat

    great shot πŸ˜‰

    to be more specific: it’s the “Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall” at People’s Square. it’s quite impressing how fast this city changed in past and is changing. the latest mission of shanghai is “better city – better life” as 2010 china hosts the EXPO – unfortunately nowadays it’s the opposite, caused by the 24hrs/7days construction sites πŸ™

    to get the Huangpo (= river through shanghai) that blue they have to work very hard πŸ˜‰

  • yo this plan is insane dame !!!!!!!

  • zach

    the question is… does this model itself have its own model inside of it… a model of the model?

  • James

    Now just add a thick layer of black smog…

  • I wonder which building it is,so dizzy

  • leo

    wondering if its recursive, i.e. if the building that contains the model, in the model also contains the model.. now that would be much harder to do.. πŸ™‚

  • drewster

    what is that giant cylindrical building on the right?

  • Cody

    what scale?

  • Rod

    Yeah I know it’s not Japan but it would be so cool to have godzilla someplace in the middle of this.LOL

    Amazing model!!

  • thanks all – yes I think this is an impressive model too… that’s funny zach… I bet if we look close, we can find a model of the same building inside this building.

  • Damien

    Shouldn’t the water be brown for a more accurate representation?

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  • thak you this is amazing

  • mattofsmeg

    Funny how the river is blue

  • hotwheelsfanatic

    Awesome, I bet my boys would love to play cars on that πŸ™‚

  • Judi

    Hi, this is incredible in more ways than one….I have been to Shanghai 4 times and really into this sort of thing and have never seen any info that would have lead me there.
    do you know if it is advertised as an attraction.

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  • There are similar models of modern and ancient Beijing at the Urban Planning Museum in Beijing just south of Tiananmen Square. Also saw smaller ones in Tianjin.

  • amanda du

    It is from Urban Planning Museum of Shanghai in People square. It is 100:1, and all the buildings are existing already. And it is only for the inner ring of the city. It means it is model for the downtown only.
    Currently, there are more bridges and buildings than this model.
    The river is not blue in the reality. But it is government’s dream and target. Having nice dream is not bad! πŸ™‚
    I am a woman living in Shanghai. I visited this building 3 times.

  • John

    This shows how overpopulated this spec in the world map is and I just can’t get over it.

  • hari

    @James: you’d be surprised how little smog there actually is in the city. It tends to be foggy in the mornings, but it usually clears up fully by mid-day. (I live in Shanghai now.)

  • The model is made of dominoes. Want to tip the first one?

  • EB

    where are all the starbucks?

  • There’s one just like it in Beijing! I saw it last week. There seem to be huge models in just about every museum too,

  • guitarpick

    they need a way to model the pollution that will be floating around

  • Wohaaa…. It is Huge !!!!! Great piece of Art !!!

  • This is an Awesome ! Pic. Incredible buildings and architecture display. It makes me to plan a visit to Shanghai sometime πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

  • eh, so where’s the train? πŸ™‚
    Totally awesome! Can’t even start to imagine the hours put in!
    Oh to be eleven again with firecrackers! jk

  • Reika

    I can imagine that maybe a team of architects worked on this and worked on different sections each, but still, that’s a lot of hard work that finally paid off =D mind = blown!

  • Jerome VanHoff

    Obviously photoshopped. I can tell because the pixels are all wrong. You can trust me on this because I am an expert. Please delete your fake post.

  • Thanks all.

    Jarome… wrong. Make a big enough deal of it and I am happy to show more originals shot there. Trust me I’m an expert.

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  • Will

    LOL @ Jerome…you sound very much like my class mate (who’s in Year 10) who says the photography I have with a blurry background is “photoshopped” given he couldn’t achieve the same results with his point-and-shoot…

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  • I was just in Shanghai with a bunch of friends and I can confirm that this is a real attraction just as pictured above! It’s in the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Beautiful museum!

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  • Lindsey Errlman

    Old meme is old. You need to come up with better material. That is so 2005.

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