Big Trouble In Little China - The City

Added on by John Fahy.

Like cities all around the world, both Beijing and Shanghai, have lost much of their traditional architecture to 'progress'. Though there are of course still some 'hutongs' (old-style alleys)  that creep around the cities' roots, China in this respect was again disappointingly (though impressively) 'modern'.

In this installment, as in previous weeks, I am going to leave the photos for the most part speak for themselves. Though I didn't find one 'Little China Town' in all of China(!), I did stumble upon some beautiful colonial buildings on the Bund, some megalomaniacal Chinese architecture in Beijing, and a little French enclave in the heart of Shanghai(?)...

 The Bund in Shanghai stretches a couple of miles along the Huangpu River, offering great views of Pudong on the other side

The Bund in Shanghai stretches a couple of miles along the Huangpu River, offering great views of Pudong on the other side

 Progress. This is the financial centre of the city, called Pudong. Though it has skyscrapers that rival those of Dubai, it is never far from one of the many parks or open areas in Shanghai

Progress. This is the financial centre of the city, called Pudong. Though it has skyscrapers that rival those of Dubai, it is never far from one of the many parks or open areas in Shanghai

 The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

 These guys were having a casual chat on the Bund at 6am, most likely about the pollution that managed to pull a curtain of smog across an otherwise magical sunrise view!

These guys were having a casual chat on the Bund at 6am, most likely about the pollution that managed to pull a curtain of smog across an otherwise magical sunrise view!

 One of the many colonial style buildings that dominate the Bund waterfront

One of the many colonial style buildings that dominate the Bund waterfront

 Self Portrait

Self Portrait

 Long exposure on the Bund

Long exposure on the Bund

 Though Shanghai has grown up to be one of the major economic hubs of China, the city is covered in parks, where people play cards, exercise or just have some banter!

Though Shanghai has grown up to be one of the major economic hubs of China, the city is covered in parks, where people play cards, exercise or just have some banter!

 The Forbidden City, built by the Ming Dynasty, still stands as a symbol of power in the heart of Beijing (complete with a giant picture of Mao)

The Forbidden City, built by the Ming Dynasty, still stands as a symbol of power in the heart of Beijing (complete with a giant picture of Mao)

 Tucked away in a small enclave in Shanghai is a small network of alleyways called 'The French Concession'. This area is home to craft beers, European style cuisine and artists of all stripes. This girl was finishing off a photo-realistic painting, so realistic that it makes you wonder if you should just stick with the photograph! I of course then took a photo of it to restore balance to an otherwise crazy situation.

Tucked away in a small enclave in Shanghai is a small network of alleyways called 'The French Concession'. This area is home to craft beers, European style cuisine and artists of all stripes. This girl was finishing off a photo-realistic painting, so realistic that it makes you wonder if you should just stick with the photograph! I of course then took a photo of it to restore balance to an otherwise crazy situation.

 I stumbled upon this place in Beijing, where progress has obviously left some people behind. Somebody had made a home of sorts in this abandoned building

I stumbled upon this place in Beijing, where progress has obviously left some people behind. Somebody had made a home of sorts in this abandoned building

 On a freezing cold public holiday in Beijing, the area around Hou Hai Lake was thronging with locals getting some fresh(?) air

On a freezing cold public holiday in Beijing, the area around Hou Hai Lake was thronging with locals getting some fresh(?) air

 Apparently, it's a must to take a selfie over Mao's selfie.

Apparently, it's a must to take a selfie over Mao's selfie.

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