Time for the last visit in Shanghai. Some snaps from around the centre. I can understand how people may think it’s big, characterless and noisy, but there’s a lot of life there, and a lot to do and to observe. Sure, occasionally you’d need to get away and breathe some fresh air, but if you’re a big-city person, I think you might do a lot worse than Shanghai.
Some shots from a tiny park on the way to… well, somewhere else: this man here was practising calligraphy on the pavement, using water instead of ink:
What I really like about China is the people dancing everywhere there’s any space available:
Of course there was also a part for young people, where they were advertised by their parents, who would sit on the ground with the child’s profile and picture on a little card in front of them. I was told by someone that the young people in question do not necessarily appreciate it…
And the last stop: only in Asia can a bar advertise itself like this and still get some custom – because despite all the reputed downsides (not bigger than in any other place) it brings people together. And sometimes that’s all you need.
So that was my last adventure with Shanghai. Let’s see if I ever get a chance to go back!