12/29/07

上海十五照
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.
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The first day. Rain. The Bund overlooking Pudong New Area.

Entering Nanjing Road and the People's Square

Christmas tree in the classy, shoppy Xintiandi (新天地)

Us near the Oriental Pearl tower.


点心在豫园 (great Shanghai "dimsum" by Yuyuan gardens)


Picture taking in a rock garden


Hyper Christmas.


Overlooking Pudong from The Bund.


Mixed architecture. Skyscrapers, old German homes, Communist block housing and traditional Chinese.


The Bund and Mrs. Claus.


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.



Great building facade.

3 comments:

loveyerma said...

Wow! Glad you all had a great trip! Maybe I could sell fashions in Shanghai-they are calling it the "new" Paris!
Shanghai to me always conjurers images of kidnapping and being thrown in the hold of a ship and waking up in an exotic but dirty locale, enslaved! I know but it just must be the name! Funny how that image just sticks!
Relieved you two were not captured by some nasty, toothless, dirty slave merchant!!!!
Happy New Year!
loveyerma

about us said...

shanghai seems like the place to be!

harumi said...

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas.
Are you back in Beijing? I just read about Shanghai art scene in my news paper. It says some huge new art building opened in November with 35 gallery inside. It calls 五角場800号 do you know it? Did you go maybe? It's like 莫干山路50号 and hip place.
btw, I love the pearl tower.