I have always been a bit fascinated with Shanghai. It is a mix of big and small, old and new, and classic and modern. The french concession has left its beautiful marks in the architecture, as well as the great ambitions of the Chinese keep erecting a futuristic skyline that is recognized around the world. Shanghai is a dream for a photographer; there is so much color and tiny detail that I could have just wondered around with the camera all day. As the topic reveals, I have had a great photo-trip. I will be editing my precious pics all next week. Why has it been such a success? Well, it is probably because I have been travelling without M. He is always hurrying me to places and gets a bit impatient when I start fiddling around with my camera (changing lenses is just unbearably slow). The trip has of course included lots of local food, wine and even cocktails, which of I will be writing during the following week.
Shanghai, I feel, is the flagship city of china, so I always expect quite a lot of change when I visit. No new significant skyscrapers this time, the skyline looked the same, but I perhaps noticed the same trend that has been taking part in other big Asian cities: gentrification and the rise of “city escapes”, like shopping and dining areas with a communal purpose. And of course the prohibition era cocktail trend of course. Usually the Chinese prefer the drinks quite sweet, but now there were some drinks I could happily stomach. There was a bit more of an international vibe than before. However, wine was available, but still scarce and very French or new world. No chance for a glass of nice Champagne, Cava or Riesling (for a reasonable price).
In a few hours I will be flying back, so hopefully I have some more pictures to share next week. Twelve hours on a plane is plenty of time to play with Lightroom and think of posts. Now towards the airport and new adventures in Stockholm.