'The Amazing Race' Pit Stop Fiver: Shanghai is Massive

We're sticking with Shanghai on The Amazing Race this week, which means we're sticking with the city for the last pit stop fiver of the season. Last time we talked about noodles and Shanghai's place as home of many things modern in China, today we'll talk about buildings. Yes, I'm aware I'm indulging in my childhood interests a bit here.

Shanghai, after all, is the financial center of China, and most photos of the city are of its instantly recognizable skyline--the new one rising in the Pudong district. But its financial status isn't a recent one: it's always been that way since the end of the 19th century. Nonetheless, the city is a major one, as signified by its selection as the home of the 2010 World Expo which kicks off tomorrow.

If only to highlight the immensity of the city--Jet and Cord find it an intimidating place to navigate, after all--here's the usual five facts about those buildings. As always, I'm helped by Wikipedia and, this time, a couple of magazines I picked up over the weekend. Huge buildings, yes.

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