The World Financial Center offers a view of Shanghai that one could not be afforded without the financial stability to spend 150 RMB on a ticket to the top and a few hundred more on souvenirs. This is, of course, a thinly veiled metaphor for the financial struggles of much of the people of the country. In a country of 1.3 billion people, money can only be distributed so evenly. Our trip to the top was like something out of Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World." The "Gamma" class of people serve to keep the "Alpha" class's lifestyle luxurious. The workers in Shanghai's World Financial Center don't smile. They don't make small talk. They just scan tickets, push elevator buttons (no joke, there were literally three workers designated to pushing the buttons on the elevators to the top), and sell souvenirs.
The view at the top is spectacular, but on the ride up, I couldn't help but think of all of the people I am standing above.
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