Blog Entry #49: Shanghai: from the Bund to the Pudong Skyline
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
|Dan & Pat & Shanghai Skyline|
Pat and I had only one day in Shanghai, and we spent much of it trying to find a travel agency where we could buy our Japan Rail passes (which we had failed to do in Hong Kong), so our experience of this vibrant and rapidly growing city was limited.
|Colonial Era buildings in the Bund District, Shanghai|
Nonetheless, it is impossible not to be impressed with Shanghai, from its beautiful colonial era “Bund” European-style buildings along the south bank of the Huangpu River, to the skyscraper-crazed competition for highest building taking place just across the river on its north bank in Pudong.
|Pudong Skyline from the MV Explorer|
|MV Explorer docked on far left, Shanghai|
|Skyscrapers in Shanghai|
During the day, however, it was possible to visit some of Shanghai’s other neighborhoods, and to stroll along the Huangpu River to get a sense of “old Shanghai” before it, like Shenzhen, opened to the West and integrated into the global economy.
|Old Town in Shanghai|
The 1842 Treaty of Nanking following the first Opium War between China and Great Britain, forced Shanghai’s opening to the west as a “British Concession,” followed soon by American and French Concessions that put much of the waterfront under foreign control for the next 100 years.
|Old & New in Old Town|
|Temple in Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai|
|Dan in Yuyuan Gardens|
|Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai|
|Favorite Sign in Shanghai|
|Jinmao Tower from Yuyuan|
|Temple Interior Yuyuan Gardens|
|In Yuyuan Gardens|
|Another tasty meal in Shanghai|
|Walking along the Bund in Shanghai|
|Pudong Skyline from the Gund|
One more dazzling light show that night over supper on the deck, and then we were heading down the Huangpu River for the East China Sea and our 2-day traverse across to Japan.
|Pat & Bill Stone as we leave Shanghai|
Our time in China went by quickly, and exposed us to four fascinating but very different metropolises: Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai. Just a small sampling, but we are very grateful to now have visited at least a few parts of this rich and complex land.