Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Shanghai Conference Reports: Regional Tours
September 15, Pre-Conference September 16, Day 1
September 17, Day 2 September 18, Day 3
September 19, Technical Tours September 20/21, Regional Tours

Beijing

No trip to China is complete without experiencing the country’s capital, host of the 2008 Olympic Games and home to some of the most innovative buildings in China including the Beijing new CBD Development, projected to contain 15 towers.

Changsha

The small CTBUH Conference Delegation for Changsha Regional Tour reached Changsha on a rainy Friday afternoon and was welcomed at the airport by Claire, Broad Group’s guide, who was responsible for the whole group until its departure on Sunday afternoon.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong section of the Southern China Regional Tour began on Saturday morning, which, to everyone’s relief, was sunny. Delegates were met by Christine Bruckner, one of the hosts from the AIA Hong Kong Chapter, in front of the Tai Tung Building, 8 Fleming Road in Wan Chai.

Nanjing

The Regional Tour of Nanjing began with an exhilarating ride on the high-speed train from the massive Shanghai Hongqiao to the equally massive Nanjing South station, which takes only about one hour and 15 minutes to cover 300 kilometers. Hundreds of clusters of tall buildings under construction were visible in and between intermediate station stops at Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou.

Shenzhen

In Shenzhen, kindly organized by Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd., attendees toured the sky lobby and structural transfer floors at the midpoint of Ping An Finance Center. Attendees were treated to a fine, traditional Chinese lunch at the neighboring Four Seasons Hotel. KK100, the world’s 10th tallest building, also hosted a presentation and viewing on the 40th floor.

Suzhou

Suzhou is only a 90-minute bus ride north and west of Shanghai, so provided a wonderful opportunity for a day trip following the conference. The bus ride afforded the delegates views of the dense residential fabric that comprises the vast majority of the areas of Shanghai that surround the central business district and more historic areas.
September 15, Pre-Conference September 16, Day 1
September 17, Day 2 September 18, Day 3
September 19, Technical Tours September 20/21, Regional Tours