It’s no surprise that Pudong’s Lujiazui neighbourhood, Shanghai’s central business district, has been used in various films to depict cities of the future. With ultramodern architecture and high-rise towers dominating its skyline, Lujiazui is a potential glimpse into what’s to come. For a bird’s eye view of both the neighbourhood and the rest of the city, scale the Shanghai Tower – at 632 metres (2,073 feet) it is the tallest building in Asia (and current second-tallest in the world). It also has the world’s fastest elevators, whisking visitors up at 20.5 metres per second (67 ft/s) and flying up to the tower’s 119th floor in just 53 seconds. On a clear day, the views of this seemingly endless city are amazing.