Sunday, August 22, 2010

Shanghai (1/8) - The City Above The Sea

Join me on a photographic journey to my newfound favourite city in a series of eight posts.

Shanghai has been through alot. Opium war with Britain in the 19th century. Bombing in 1932. The Battle of Shanghai. Japanese occupation during the second world war. Cultural Revolution during the 60s. Today, Shanghai is the most developed and populous city in China.

Affectionately known by the locals as Waitan and officially known as Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, The Bund is a waterfront promenade showcasing a collection of 52 historical buildings with various architectual styles.

After a three-year US$700 million dollar renovation, The Bund was reopened to the public in March 28 2010.

The Bund is a favourite with local tourists. It is designed to accommodate 800,000 of them at one time.

One of the most iconic buildings on this waterfront promenade is the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Re-opening in September 2010, rooms start from US$400 per night.

A small merchant watching the world goes by. And the many Chinese flags adorning The Bund.

A cleaning worker taking a break. The Big Ben lookalike is No 13 Customs House.

Skycrapers in Pudong across the Huangpu river in Pudong.

Skycrapers in Pudong at night. Under the watchful eye of Chen Yi, Shanghai's first communist mayor

The Fairmont Peace Hotel at night. And captivating view of The Bund from my hotel room.

Next Post: Song Fang, The Maison de Thé.

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5 comment(s):

mr. pineapple man August 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM  

awww~ i miss shanghai!

after builders cleaning August 23, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

I've never been to Shanghai. Photos looks amazing. Hope some day to visit it.

foodwink August 23, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

mr pineapple ma, I was pleasantly surprised by Shanghai. Hope to visit it again.

Thanks abc. Shanghai's a great city. Now extremely crowded due to the World Expo but definitely worth a visit!

iSs August 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM  

Nice pics, amazing! Love it :-) Wish to go for a visit, too.

Jeffrey July 8, 2011 at 10:52 PM  

Great pictures. I've never been there but it looks like a really nice place. After Builders Cleaning.

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