Shanghai in 15 pictures
Ariel and I went to Shanghai for Christmas and had a great time. I honestly still don't feel "back" yet. Shanghai is nothing like I remember it and maybe because I know a lot more Chinese than 3-4 years ago it was easy to navigate. The city is simply beautiful; a chaotic mix of traditional 石库门 (shikumen) houses, art deco European houses and impossible looking skyscrapers, and it somehow blends together without competing. The city is great on foot, and is a dream for anyone interested in architecture. The central districts around the People's Park and Nanjing Road and shockingly well put-together for someone who has been in Beijing for a year. The Pudong New Area is a frightening, ultra perfect, shiny bubble-world with dizzingly high buildings and wide avenues. Food was wonderful; lots of crab dumplings and garlicy-sweet noodles. Everything is well maintained, well managed, clean and, unlike Beijing, just looks good. I want to move here in a year or so.
Check out Ariel's blog for a much more in-depth trip recount.
Entering Nanjing Road and the People's Square
Christmas tree in the classy, shoppy Xintiandi (新天地）
Pedestrian area with some great shopping.
A sub-par, but beautiful, gallery near the old film studio.
One of many old churches.
Antique shopping in Shanghai was far and beyond better than Beijing. Nearly no fakes, no rip-offs and lots of surprises.