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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Shanghai China cultures collide

April 24, 2014 by David Herd

Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong

Shanghai China cultures collide

Shanghai China cultures collide

 Shanghai China cultures collide, where the old & the new sit beside each other in such a setting it takes your breath away. At night, is there a more spectacular skyline? Perhaps New York or Hong Kong, however Shanghai is right up there as one of the worlds most exciting cities.

Certainly no other city I have been to offers such an incredible contrast, from beautiful old French Colonial buildings to to the other end of the spectrum Pudong, the new Shanghai across the river where just a few years ago was just swampland. Now each time I look at the buildings there I feel like I am seeing Gotham city in a Batman movie. Every thing is so new and perfect is doesn’t seem real. There is no doubt in my mind when the Chinese people decide to take on a project nothing to them is impossible.

Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2013.

My apologies for the quality of the photos, however in 2002 digital cameras were in the early stages, as as you can see the quality is not good.

View from Jin Mao Tower

Shanghai China cultures collide

Until 2007 it was the tallest building in the PRC, the fifth tallest in the world by roof height and the seventh tallest by pinnacle height.


 

Pudong at night

Shanghai China cultures collide

Shanghai is spectacular at night.

Amazing buildings in Pudong

Shanghai China cultures collide

  Pudong refers to the land in the east of Huangpu River. Originally, the area was mainly farmland and countryside with some warehouses and wharves near the shore.  

Amazing Pudong

Shanghai China cultures collide

Pudong literally means “East Bank”. Pudong is bounded by the Huangpu River in the west and the East China Sea in the east. Pudong is distinguished from Puxi (“West Bank”), the older part of Shanghai. It has an area of 1210.4 km² and according to the 2010 Census, a population of 5,044,430 inhabitants, 1.9 million more than in 2000. Currently, at least 2.1 million of residents of Pudong are newcomers from other provinces or cities in China.

Old Shanghai

Shanghai China cultures collide

The older buildings in Shanghai are more interesting than the new skyscrapers.

Stepping back in time.

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    Shanghai is such a busy city.

Yu & Li

Shanghai China cultures collide

Yu & Li were two young country girls visiting Shanghai, they had very little money so I bought them a couple of meals and enjoyed there company.

Old colonial buildings

Shanghai China cultures collide

  Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks.  

Peking Duck

Shanghai China cultures collide

Here I am enjoying the best Peking Duck I have ever tasted with a group of local business people who I met through one of their friends on the Gold Coast in Australia. I spent the following week in Bejing and the duck I had there was not as good as Shanghai. 🙂

Train to Beijing

Shanghai China cultures collide

  I caught the overnight train to Beijing, a very pleasant 12 hour journey.

 
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