Tuesday, December 08, 2009

A bit of Shanghai

Oriental Pearl TV Tower looming across Huangpu River.

The beautiful Bund facing Huangpu River with an ugly truth, where pirates of the 19th c who were all attired in suits and tall hats, plundered from this city, in the most civilised manner.

No tumblers please. A typical scenery in Shanghai.
The traditional architecture of watertowns in Southern China--whitewashed walls and grey tiles. Qi Bao, a thousand-year-old watertown located right in modern Shanghai, accessible by tube. Qi Bao provides a glimpse of the past amidst Shanghai's skyscrapers although the Chinese ways of preserving historical towns are always disputable, in my opinion.

Qi Bao, a watertown, with winding canals and hence, the large number of bridges where each is unique.

Tube station at off peak hours. Shanghai's tube system is the artery to this metropolitan as it moves people and goods all around Shanghai at a very affordable price of maximum 5 yuan. Crowds at peak hours are definitely a sight and surprisingly, order is observed although some amount of violence is required to board/alight during peak hours.

A wonderful skyline depicted by local Shanghainese. Hidden beneath the modern facade of modern buildings and malls, are the tonnes of streets that exuberate the local way of life, untouched still by Time. Modern, mammoth buildings reigned East Nanjing Road, the mecca of consumerism. Walk away from East Nanjing Road, either to the left or the right and you will find the clock turned back in time.

Another part of old Shanghai, away from the East Nanjing Road.
The skyline of the future, outlined by the towering buildings along East Nanjing Road.