Arriving in Shanghai is like arriving in the future. There are electric bikes everywhere and the buildings are straight from a sci-fi movie. Shanghai is awesome! I had to come to here as I could not miss photographing that iconic cityscape and I had to see my dutch friends Glenn And Jessica one last time as I have not seen them since Chengdu. To get here from Kunming it actually worked out cheaper to fly than to take the train and with the train taking 36 hours and the flight only 3 hours it was a no brainer. Like I said the only photograph I was interested in taking here was the cityscape from the bund so once I got that out the way it was time to catch up with Glenn and Jessica. They had been working in Shanghai so knew the place pretty well however it was impossible to get lost in Shanghai thanks to it extensive metro network.
We checked out the french concession which if it weren’t for the electric bikes and chinese people everywhere could easily be a leafy suburb in Paris. Here there was a Communist Propaganda Poster museum that I just had to see, I ended up buying a few as I have never seen anything like them anywhere else before and they really were pretty cool. I just hope I can get them back in one piece. Jessica didn’t share the same kind of love for arts and culture as me and Glenn. There was however a Starbucks in the french concession so Jessica’s love/addiction for coffee was satisfied.
What I loved about Shanghai was beyond all the louis Vuton shops and McDonalds were the old back alleyways with the traditional housing that had not yet been demolished to make way for some ultra modern housing or some designer shop. They were alive with culture, women would be hanging their washing out above your heads and men would be riding round on bicycles selling all sort of oddities. The people here were friendly and curious as to what I was doing they thought I was lost, I was far from lost I just don’t get my kicks from wandering down the neon high streets.