High: Before taking the ride up, Chen Jie makes one last check: 26°C, no rain, low humidity – to judge by the latest conditions reported by her smartphone, the views are going to be great. Bathed in dark blue light, the visitor elevator at the Shanghai World Financial Center speeds upward at ten meters per second. Chen Jie has tracked her progress by using her smartwatch to count the floors as they fly by: 50, 92, 96, 97, then 100. Here’s where the Sky Walk is located. The glass-bottomed observation deck offers breathtaking views at a height of 474 meters. No wonder so many selfies are taken up here. “Somewhere over there is my alma mater,” says Chen Jie as she gestures to the north. The 37-year-old studied international investment and seemed destined for a career in one of Pudong’s bank towers, structures that appear small from this height. “But by the time I finished my studies, I decided that I didn’t want to work just with money,” she says. “I wanted a job that fulfilled me.” MEMS technology helps many people improve their quality of life. “And I’m a small part of that.” She smiles, then quickly takes a selfie.
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