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  Visiting Shanghai (Page 3)  

Skyline changing but old habits die hard.

The changing skyline of Shanghai - viaducts with 6-lane traffic - is a sign of the city's rising importance.

Old habits die hard - some townsfolk still hang their clothes to dry by the roadside.

People everywhere at the waiting room of the main railway station in Shanghai.

When Shanghai hosted World Expo 2010

Photo from the Lupu Bridge shows construction workers toiling day and night to get the pavilions ready.

Passengers alighting at Pudong Airport could not miss the illuminated signboard showing China's pavilion.

Shanghai was the site of Expo 2010 and Haibao, the Expo mascot appeared in street corners everywhere.

More snapshots from Shanghai.

You pay just 1 RMB per floor to go up the famous Jinmao Tower (right) but as there are 88 floors the entrance fee comes up to 88 RMB! On the left is the Shanghai World Financial Center.

The Nanpu Bridge is not as spectacular as the Lupu Bridge but like it you are taken up to the deck by an elevator. It was open in 1991 to link Puxi to Pudong on the other side of the Huangpu River.

A roadside fishmonger. A common scene in the streets of Shanghai where everything on sale is just spread out on the pavement. Note the abundant supply of crabs on the left.

Shanghai has its share of hu2tong4, (called long4tang2 in Shanghai), entire neighbourhoods made up of narrow alleyways that are a relic from olden days and is more a hallmark of Beijing.

For backpackers the Blue Mountain Youth Hostel in Shanghai is a good place to stay as it is in an authentic Chinese environment (forget about spick and span restaurants, you want to see the real China, don't you?) and is just a stone's throw away from the Luban Lu metro station. You don't have to go far to see the elderly folk doing their morning tai chi chuan ritual or have an idea of what the locals have for breakfast. The friendly and cheerful staff go out of their way to help travellers with useful information.

With a clientele comprising almost 100% of the local population as it is still not mentioned in tourist guidebooks to Shanghai, the huge local market near the Laoximen underground station (Line 8) is quite an eye-opener. If you are looking for a cellphone or would like to see an unimaginable variety of insects put up for sale in teeny weeny wicker cages, this is the place to go. However you will have to wander in tiny alleyways in this "old city" neighbourhood of Shanghai where the poorest of the poor live. Next page

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