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Shanghai's new "sacred weapons"

Saturday's "topping out" ceremony of China’s tallest building: the Shanghai Center (上海中心), also referred to as the Shanghai Tower, which will be the second tallest building in the world when it is completed in 2015, is apparently not exciting enough for the Chinese Weibo users, who are more intrigued by its funny shape.

The Shanghai Tower (R, under construction), Jinmao Tower (C) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (L) at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai. Photo: weibo.com

Still under construction, the current 580-meter-high Shanghai Center has three big cranes sticking out of its top, which inspired a Weibo user @唐伟良William to liken it to an egg beater, which in fact is more like the blades of a blender.

That aside, @唐伟良William’s two other analogies were spot on. The Shanghai World Financial Center (环球金融中心) and Jinmao Tower (金茂大厦), which are standing right beside the Shanghai Center, were both given new names by William,“bottle opener” and “syringe” respectively.

He then joked that these three are Shanghai’s “sacred weapons”, which beat that of Beijing’s: bird’s nest, bird’s egg (National Grand Theatre) and the big pants (the headquarters of China Central Television).

The sarcastically called Beijing's three "sacred weapons" which are all controversial architectures in China: bird’s nest (left top), bird’s egg (National Grand Theatre, left bottom) and the big pants (the headquarters of China Central Television, right). Photo: baidu.com

His post on August 2 which was reposted by many Chinese media on their official Weibo went viral during last weekend. “So the architects are a drunkard, a doctor and a housewife,” one Weibo user quipped in a comment.

With the help of the weather, this newly-dubbed Shanghai’s "sacred weapon" exerted its “power” just a day after the final steel beam was installed on its top last Saturday. A splendid lighting show was staged in the evening of August 4, with all three of the “egg-beating” cranes of the Shanghai Center attracting lightning. Weibo users @席子-上海 and @基诺stoneyzhang captured the view with their cameras and shared the fantastic images with the world.

Also struck by the lightning was the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which can be seen in the left of this photo. Photo: weibo.com

This photo was captioned "Lightning on top of Shanghai's tallest" by Stoney Zhang, the photographer. Photo: weibo.com


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