A tough life in Shanghai…..for some that is

Shanghai was one of the most unique locations I have ever had a chance to wander about in. Although we were quite sheltered and pampered at the Hyatt on the Bund, the “real” Shanghai was just outside the door and a few blocks away. I spent a couple of afternoons exploring what could have taken weeks to really dive into. Smokey alleyways with pots of soup, skewers of mystery meet, dirt floored shops, wild dogs, kids running about, strange smells and noises, like I said, weeks to really explore…..

The river kind of cuts this vibrant city into 2 halves….the high tech, glossy, and colorfully lit newer side, and my favorite……the grungy, Old Shanghai side with its somewhat European influenced Bund and Old town area. As they scurry (well, not these 2 guys LOL!) to prepare for the up and coming worlds fair, it will be interesting to see if some of the old world charm is preserved. I have always appreciated the beauty in decay while traveling, and this area had alot of it. I can only hope that some of it remains as the beautification project continues for the Expo. I guess I’ll have to head back someday to check it out again!

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  • ~~Shutterfly~~ - September 26, 2009 - 4:07 am

    Great shot and texture! Have a nice weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Toni_V - September 26, 2009 - 5:40 am

    great shot and excellent post processing work.ReplyCancel

  • Doug van Kampen - September 26, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    Great textures and old world feel to this image Mike. It’s no wonder why the rest of the world is so much healthier than us Americans (as a whole), look what they have to do to get to work!

    Perhaps one day I’ll make it here…perhaps.ReplyCancel

  • Fraggle Red - September 26, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Fabulous shot and great processing, Mike.ReplyCancel

  • camden olive - September 27, 2009 - 11:36 pm

    Wow this is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • 今朝有的乐 - September 28, 2009 - 6:01 am

    maybe you know real about china.ReplyCancel

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