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A Glimpse Of Shanghai

Cityscape Shanghai Timelapse and Shanghai Photography

Shanghai Timelapse

I have always been amazed by the incredible architecture and scale of Shanghai China. I traveled there on assignment for a commercial project and stayed extra days to explore the city for myself and see what views I could find. Here is a collection of my Shanghai photography.

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World Financial Center sunset, Shanghai Photography.

Heres a view of the Pudong skyline at sunset. Taken from the World Financial Center. This was one of my favorite view points of the entire city and really showed the sense of scale.

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Sunset over Shanghai Cityscape.

Here is a perspective of Shanghai from the other side of the river.  The Pudong skyline can be seen in the distance on the right side. This was one of my favorite Shanghai cityscape views and really gave a great sense of scale to the city.

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Shanghai Cityscape Photography: Pudong City at Night.

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Shanghai Cityscape Photography: Pudong from Above.

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Shanghai City Photography: Dark Night Cityscape.

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Shanghai Photos: Pudong Cityscape, taken from the Pearl.

The view from the Pearl Tower is incredible and gives a great sense of scale to the Pudong Skyline.

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Shanghai Photos: Pudong, aerial birds eye photo.

Another photograph taken from the top of the Pearl looking straight down. In the video above you can see this as a moving timelapse sequence. It quickly became one of my favorite scenes in the Shanghai Timelapse video.

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Shanghai City Photography

The smoggy weather in Shanghai can create a really eerie mood. Giving the city an almost dystopian look. The strange and unique architecture make that even more apparent.

The first image was taken from a rooftop located on the Shanghai Bund. The second image was taken on the rooftop of our hotel during our first night exploring the city.

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Shanghai Photography: Pudong Shanghai skyline taken from the Bund.

Here’s a photograph taken from the Bund at night, one of my favorite views to capture photos in Shang

The first image was taken from the Pearl Tower in Pudong. In the image, you can see the World Financial Center (bottle opener building). The taller building is the Shanghai Tower which is currently the second tallest building in the world. The second photo was taken from the top of a building on The Bund.

Here are two behind-the-scenes shots taking time-lapses and images from around Shanghai. In the second shot, I am using multiple cameras to capture different Day-to-night timelapse angles for the film above.

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Shanghai photography, long exposure cityscape freeway.

One of my favorite views of the city was this incredible interchange system. The Pearl Tower can be seen in the distance on the right side with the lights off.

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Shanghai cityscape photography, high above the Pudong Skyline at night.

This is a photograph of Shanghai from the top of the World Financial Center, the city looks absolutely amazing at night. The colors of the buildings shine through giving the city a lot of character.


Thank you for taking the time to check out my Shanghai photography series. It was definitely one of my favorite cities to capture. The city was filled with beautiful views and amazing architecture. I am sure this will not be my last time visiting Shanghai. If you enjoyed this collection of Shanghai cityscape timelapse and landscape photography consider checking out my Cityscape Dubai series HERE.



  1. Hi Michael 馃槈
    I really like your photos of shanghai city. I wonder if I’m able to buy those pictures and use them to decorate my lawyer firm website?

  2. HI Michel
    First of all great work on the shanghai time lapse.
    Secondly, i was wondering if i can buy this time laspe for my website.
    Please let me know if i can and if so what are the cost of it

  3. what is the place to take interchange system?

  4. it would be awesome if you could reveal the spots where you took those rooftop photos, im visiting soon. Thanks!!

  5. Seshathri

    Wow. Simply awesome. lights in “Shanghai photography, high above the Pudong Skyline at night.” great.

  6. The aerial birds eye view from the Pearl Tower is incredibly stunning! Definitely need to know how to take that one. Thanks for these beautiful images, Michael! I鈥檓 with Explorest and we built an app that helps people discover 50+ beautiful photo locations in Shanghai, and I think you鈥檇 enjoy it! We include the exact GPS coordinates & tips by the country鈥檚 best photographers. We also have locations in the USA and will be debuting in Europe soon. If you have a moment, check it out!

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