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Shanghai - Bund

“We loved Shanghai, but unfortunately we never managed to feel as warmly about the Chinese. Still, at least the residents of Shanghai seemed much more polite than those of Beijing. There were some slobs among the domestic tourists.


There were a lot of things we liked, but particularly the old shops and restaurants in the narrow alleyways around Taikang Road. Cultured, and also quite romantic. You have to get off the no. 9 metro at Daquqiao station, from where you’ll find the entrance to this fascinating district. There’s a section for grocery shopping too, but it isn’t as interesting. Don’t miss out on this labyrinth – you won’t regret it!

It’s also easy to visit this area if you’re in the French Concession district. It’s within easy walking distance of Middle Fixing Road.

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Shanghai is much livelier and more dynamic, and has a much freer atmosphere than Beijing. In character it feels closer to the megacities of South-East Asia. Shanghai is pleasanter, greener, cleaner, and more livable than Beijing. Probably pleasanter than any Chinese city except Hong Kong.

Taxis are also cheap, though a bit more expensive than in Beijing. The subway system is very practical, you can use it to reach any part of town, and it’s also cheap.

There’s a huge contrast in Shanghai between the hyper-consumerist, luxury high-tech life of the elite, and the run-down traditional Chinese world.

What didn’t we like? There were just too many people on the Nanjing Road and the Bund, and as Europeans we were inundated within minutes with offers from street sellers and ‘masseurs’. The super-modern districts were too shiny to be attractive, and it’s unpleasant the way everything revolves around consumption. The malls are enormous, but that sort of thing doesn’t really appeal to me, and there were so many luxury shops that they too became boring.

The tourist places are interesting, but feel a bit plastic. Many of these attractions were built in the last decade, and lack authenticity – most feel designed to squeeze money out of foreign and domestic tourists.
(Andy, 2015)

I went with some local friends to check out the party scene (which is large and diverse). On the top floors of skyscrapers there are exclusive, snobbish, absurdly expensive places you can only go to if you’re elegantly dressed, and a surprising proportion of their guests are the Americans and Europeans who work in Shanghai. Then there are the real Chinese places, and the underground places, especially in the old French Concession. These underground places aren’t so different from their European equivalents – a little more exotic, maybe, but the music is more or less the same. (Andy, 2015)
 

Practicals

Transport

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Shanghai - free tourist bus

Food

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Shanghai - show kitchen - l.h. photo

Shopping

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Shanghai - shopping - l.r. photo

Shanghai - watchful sale - l.r. photo

Fun

I went with some local friends to check out the party scene (which is large and diverse). On the top floors of skyscrapers there are exclusive, snobbish, absurdly expensive places you can only go to if you’re elegantly dressed, and a surprising proportion of their guests are the Americans and Europeans who work in Shanghai. Then there are the real Chinese places, and the underground places, especially in the old French Concession. These underground places aren’t so different from their European equivalents – a little more exotic, maybe, but the music is more or less the same. (Andy, 2015)
 

Public safety

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Shanghai - police

Background

Shanghai - skyline - t.n. photo

Shanghai - behind the glamour - b.t. photo

Destination in brief

Shanghai means “Above/Upon the Sea.” That is an allusion to the city’s location along the Yangtze River Delta near the South China Sea.

Population (in 2020): 27 million - larger than Beijing (20 million)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1400 USD (Beijing's average is 1300 USD, China's average is 950 USD)


Climate

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Shanghai sky - kr photo

Nowadays

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Shanghai - bottle opener - kr photo

Shanghai - alley - Krista photo

Shanghai - residential area - Andras Schmied's photo

People

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Shanghai - metro life - Krista photo

Shanghai - trendy guy - Andris photo

Shanghai - newlyweds with the skyline - Krista photo

Shanghai - lady

Shanghai - Krista photo

Attractions

Old City

Shanghai - Old City - Krista photo

Shanghai - Old City - Krista photo

Shanghai - Old City - traditional puppet show - Krista photo

Shanghai - Old City - Krista photo

Shanghai - Old City - tourists - Krista photo

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