One of my favourite ever cities is Shanghai. Shanghai is an absolutely enormous city with a population of over 20 million. A lot of people in the UK think London is really huge but you can travel from one side of London to the other within just a few hours. To travel right across Shanghai would take a day if not days, it’s that big.
When I travelled to China in July 2007 Shanghai was the first and last city I visited. Liv’s family at that time were living in Shanghai so we had a perfect base from where we could travel to multiple places. In total we spent maybe three or four full days exploring Shanghai and after this writing there are some of my favourite captures from Shanghai.
Shanghai really amazed me with it’s architecture and culture. While Shanghai still has it’s old parts, including places like Yu Yuan Gardens which dates back to the 1500s, modern areas like Pu Dong make the UK look positively third world. The skyscrapers and design are simply stunning.
Then of course there’s aforementioned culture in Shanghai. Throughout Shanghai’s history it was been occupied by the French, Germans, British and no doubt other countries and in Shanghai a lot of these European countries architecture can be seen. Finally there’s food in Shanghai which is out of this world. At that time Liv and I were still in fairly early stages of our relationship and she hadn’t cooked me for at that point but what I believed was good Chinese food in the UK turned out to be rubbish. Simple fact is British Chinese food is nothing like the real thing.
Here are some of my favourite captures from Shanghai.