The Oriental Pearl Tower is a shining (and I use that term purposefully) example of Shanghai's architectual style. It is grand and beautiful but also quite showy. Shanghai demonstrates quite powerfully how China is a country of dichotomies. The skyscrapers at the city center give an aura of a country on the rise. In fact, this nation is quickly surpassing the United States for number of skyscrapers per capita. The shining city center is blighted, however, by the tenement housing that surrounds it. The high rise apartment complexes are dark after the sun goes down, contrasting the gaudy, twinkling metropolis that looms over them.
The Pearl and the rest of the bustling center of Shanghai contrasted against the backdrop of thousands of people living on top of each other with little-to-no power serve as a reminder that this up-and-coming country with more young millionaires than any other two countries combined is also a land of struggle for the majority of its inhabitants.
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