Wednesday, 14 September 2011

SHANGHAI 5-10 September 2011

A week long vacation in September - this time it is the modern metropolis that is SHANGHAI, in the People's Republic of China. It is easy to forget that China still is a communist nation, given its newfound obsession in capitalism, hyper-construction and mammon. The rapid pace it is developing is frightening, but it is the quaint juxtaposition of the new and old, avant-garde and traditional that is both reassuring and comforting. Its our first trip to China and needless to say, we were totally impressed.

The skyscrapers of Pudong is dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower.

A view of The Bund (Puxi) from the Gutzlaff Signal Tower.

The illuminated Bund at night seen from Pudong.

Nanjing Lu is Shanghai's fashionably old shopping street.

Nanjing Lu by night is a fairytale land of lights.

The Huxinting teahouse and 9-Corner Bridge surrounded by the busy Yuyuan Bazaar.

Serenity at the Yuyuan classical gardens.

Shanghai Grand Theatre at People's Square.

Opulent wood and gold at Jiang'an Temple.

Sculptures of revolutionary writer Lu Xun and his pals at Duolun Culture Street.

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