Thursday, 8 October 2009


Shanghai now is a big city in China, Asia, and the whole world, lots of major fashion shows, head offices, and exhibitions take place in this city. It is such a fast growing area as the place was nothing like it is now 100 years ago, which means theres is a lot of cultural change in the people, buildings and designs.

In this blog entry, I'm going to show you the architectural difference between old Shanghai buildings and the new ones, as you can find massive towers in the city, but there are also poorer areas with houses that does not look as attractive, but they do have some historical values in them.

Shanghai mixes East and West culture, and walks through the city never fail to turn up something unusual and unexpected. With at least 20 million people spread across miles and miles of high rises, walk ups, and old buildings from the Shanghai’s pre-Revolution days, the city is one for the urban explorer. So it only follows that artists of the singing, playing, painting, writing, and photographing kind have often made Shanghai their muse.

A little geography: Shanghai is divided in two large sections separated by the Huangpu River and known respectively as Pudong and Puxi (literally east and west of the river). I’ve spend the past four years in Puxi and I say without a doubt that it is definitely the superior side (some say it’s PuYork versus PuJersey.) Consequently, this guide deals mostly with Puxi which is the older, more diverse part of the city. I’m arranging this guide (roughly) based on the districts where each place is found.

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