Travel Diary: Shanghai

Having once lived in China for 11 years, I still travel there frequently. This post is from my trip to China in May 2010. View more stories from that trip and other China trips here.

Shanghai welcomed me with heavy fog and humid air. The city resides by the sea and enjoys relatively mild weather, which reminds me of Vancouver. Shanghai is the largest center of commerce in mainland China; there are more international companies with offices here than in Beijing. I was especially amazed at the historical architecture of buildings in downtown Shanghai where many financial institutions have set up their headquarters.

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination and although I was there for the World Expo 2010, I had to see the city’s modern and luxurious Pudong district with its beautiful skyline, which includes the Oriental Pearl Tower. Even though the fog made the day less than ideal for picture-taking, I couldn’t have asked for a better time in Shanghai.

This was my first time there, but I’ll definitely be returning soon.

Pudong and downtown Shanghai:

(Above:walking in the streets of Shanghai, towards Pudong district)

(Above:The head office of one of the banks in China)

(Above: all the buildings in the fog are bank headquaters)

(Above: the Oriental Pearl Tower, hidden in the fog)

Spiderman scaled one of these buildings above, can you guess which one? Stay tuned for the next update – World Expo 2010.

Much love across the Pacific Ocean.


15 responses to “Travel Diary: Shanghai

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  4. Oooh, Shanghai sounds awesome. I have some friends living there, but I never made it there myself 😦 Sob. Soon though, soon.

    Can’t wait to see Expo-pics (I’ve already seen some and it looks amazing) and what’s next on your itinerary!

    • Thanks Luce – you definitely have to visit Shanghai one day. I’ve already decided that I would LOVE to work there in the future.

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  6. Shanghai look awesome in the fog … sort of adds to the feeling. And those busy street filled with people going about their day is a really cool backdrop. You could use a tele lens to compress the BG and use the fog to your advantage to shoot some hi key fashion shots 😀

    Any way … love the misty photos

  7. Just love that picture of the woman looking at the boat. You can almost feel the humidity in those shots.

  8. I like these pictures but perhaps for different reasons than others. In them, I see the raw power of capitalism and its workings half hidden by the looming fog and pollution. It is both beautiful, mysterious, and terrifying.

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