Shanghai drone video: UAV captures the city in all its glory.

This Ode to Shanghai Is as Good as Drone Videos Get 

This Ode to Shanghai Is as Good as Drone Videos Get 

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Jan. 15 2015 5:29 PM

Shanghai Days 

A bird’s-eye view of one of the world’s most interesting cities. 


Thanks, for better or worse, to the increased accessibility of personal UAVs, the Internet has become littered with “[insert city name here] by drone” videos. Most are fine—watchable, if not particularly compelling—and settle nicely into the middlebrow YouTube pack alongside all of those Scorsese supercuts.

Occasionally, though, either because of the locale, the sensibilities of the auteur/quadcopter operator, or both, they can be straight-up good. Allow me to present the video above—in which editor Cian Greaney captures Shanghai in all its futuristic, bustling, and grey-skied glory—as Exhibit A. Enjoy the view.

A.J. McCarthy is a speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and a former Slate writer and producer.