Sunday, January 29, 2012

China 2011 - Day 1: Shanghai - The Bund

You can't say you have been to Shanghai if you have never visited the Bund, then how can I miss it?  After lunch, I walked along Fuzhou Road, admiring, together with many many tourists from around the world, all the old colonial era, western style old buildings.  This area was previously the Shanghai International Settlement area, put it bluntly, colonial enclaves during the 1920s-30s.

As I was at the Bund in the afternoon, the sun was shining from the west, the old bund is cast in the shadows, looked dark and gloomy.  In contrast, the east side of the Huangpu River, is immersed in the golden sunshine.

It is ironic, but at the same time, natural.  Pudong used to be an area for the city poor, while Puxi is for the rich and influential, now Pudong is in modern glory, while the Bund looks like an old man living beyond his time.  

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