Is this an illusion? Or a dream? None of them. It is a spectacular shot from a unique angel during my recent visit to Shanghai.
When I wandered along the zigzag bridge of the famous ancient Yu Garden in the middle of the western downtown, a complete modern skyscraper intruded suddenly into my sight! There it is: the newly built 632 meters high, 128-floor Shanghai Tower has nowhere to hide but to stand, as it looks like, just next to the roof of one garden house! My astonishment at that very moment was truly beyond any words. The skyscraper stands actually kilometres away in the Pudong new area on the other side of the Huangpu River.
For me this unparalleled contrast illustrates exactly what Shanghai is: a complex of long tradition and superb modernization, a place where the prosperity of the past embraces the present.