Pictures of Shanghai, I mean. Not including any tourist attractions.
Here’s maybe the definitive shot, to my mind: Traffic in Shanghai is full-on madness 24/7, both the massive freeways and the tiny alleys. Actually this one’s a little misleading because everyone’s staying neatly in their lanes; driving in China is usually pretty free-form.
We’d eaten at the famous and nice but sort of boring Xintiandi district and decided to walk home on the back streets; spent quite a bit of time walking down Julu Road, which had a distinct ordinary-folks feel; a relief after so much Shanghai homogeneous-gleaming-mall time.
The people of Shanghai are, on average, well-dressed and stylish, even the ones who don’t look like they’re rolling in dough. There’s nothing special about this woman as far as I know, but the way she strode along, full of confidence and with that snappy little bike, caught my eye.
We spent some time in People’s Park, pleasant enough and very crowded on a Saturday. There was some dazzling Tai Chi on display; in particular this lady with the sword totally had the moves.
Finally, here’s a pond in the park; a good place to sit and think and watch the people.
I like Shanghai. It’s kind of sleazy and grubby in places but hey, I’m from Vancouver. It’s practical and energetic and in a big hurry and seems to work pretty well. Shame about that government.