Waiting Line Begins For Pudong Opening

July 9, 2010

Scores of Apple enthusiasts have assembled in Shanghai (China) for Saturday morning’s grand opening of the Pudong retail store, and they’ve been allowed to use nearby empty space in the complex for protection against 80-degree heat and the possibility of thunderstorms overnight and during the day. Photos of the waiting line show many tents have been set up inside the space near the Apple store entrance. Many of those in line are working on their laptops. The arrangement is identical to the Sanlitun (Beijing) store grand opening, where the waiting line had an air-conditioned space and restrooms, and were supplied with bottled water by Apple’s retail team. The waiting line eventually spiraled around the glass cylinder, up the front steps and into a queue that extended along the adjacent sidewalk.

Thanks to myuibe on flickr for the photos of the waiting line, camped inside a space adjacent to the glass cylinder tower. Also view a Macenstein gallery of photos of the grand opening, which shows a queue of about 700 in line 30 minutes after the grand opening.

Just before the waiting line was admitted to the store, it appears there are about 400 people in line, with an equal number surrounding the plaza.

Notice that there is a shallow fountain surrounding nearly the entire perimeter of the glass tower. In the background is the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and not visible beyond that is the Hangpu River.

Previous post:

Next post: