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21039 Shanghai is an Architecture set released in 2018 as part of the Landmarks series.


Shanghai (Chinese: 上海; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʂâŋ.xài]; Wu pronunciation: [zɑ̃.hɛ]) is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of China, the largest city in China by population, and the second most populous city proper in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2017. It is a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.

As a major administrative, shipping and trading city, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to trade and recognition of its favorable port location and economic potential. The city was one of five treaty ports forced open to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War. The subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanjing and 1844 Treaty of Huangpu allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement and the French Concession. The city then flourished as a centre of commerce between China and other parts of the world (predominantly the Occident), and became the primary financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region in the 1930s. However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, trade was limited to other socialist countries, and the city's global influence declined. In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city. It has since re-emerged as a hub for international trade and finance; it is the home of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, one of the world's largest by market capitalization.

Shanghai has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China; renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, and museums and historic buildings, such as those along The Bund, as well as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden.


The first building from the left (in the front) is the Chenghuangmiao Temple, a temple devoted to traditional Chinese deities. The first building (in the back) is the Longhua Temple, a temple devoted to the Maitreya Buddha. The second building from the left is the HSBC Building, former headquarters of the HSBC Shanghai branch and current headquarters of the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. The third building (in the front) is the Shanghai Customs House (Jianghaiguan), a customs house built in the 17th century. The third building (in the back) is the Radisson Blu Shanghai New World, the Shanghai branch of Radisson Blu, an upscale hotel branch. The fourth building is the Oriental Pearl Tower, a famous TV tower and distinct landmark. The fifth building is the Shanghai World Finance Tower, a skyscraper and the 9th tallest building in the world. The sixth building is the Shanghai Tower, a tall skyscraper and the second tallest building in the world.

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Recreate Shanghai in China's blend of historical and modern architecture with this realistic 21039 LEGO® Architecture Skyline Collection model. This LEGO brick collectible toy features the city's iconic points of interest, including Chenghuang Miao Temple, Longhua Temple and Pagoda, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bund area, Oriental Pearl, World Financial Center, the Shanghai Tower and Huangpu River, and is finished with a decorative Shanghai nameplate. The LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection offers models suitable for display in the home and office, and has been developed for all with an interest in travel, architectural culture, history and design. Each set is scaled to give an accurate representation of the comparative size of each structure, with realistic color depiction.

• LEGO® Architecture interpretation of Shanghai, China.

Features iconic attractions Chenghuang Miao Temple, Longhua Temple and Pagoda, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bund area, Oriental Pearl, World Financial Center and the Shanghai Tower.

• The Huangpu River is represented in the tiled baseplate.

• The included booklet contains information about the designer, architecture and history of each structure, as well as historical facts about Shanghai and its architectural heritage (English language only. Other languages available for download at Ask your parents before going online).

• Includes a 4x32 tiled base with decorative Shanghai nameplate.

• Recreate the world's most dynamic cities with the LEGO® Architecture Skyline Collection.

• LEGO® Architecture celebrates the world of architecture through the medium of the LEGO brick, and is developed for all with an interest in travel, design, architecture and history.

• This collectible souvenir toy includes over 595 pieces and is suitable for ages 12+.

• Measures over 9” (25cm) high, 11” (28cm) wide and 2” (7cm) deep.


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