I am always grateful to have my friend David guest blog. He has been practically everywhere. Today he offers his impressions of Shanghai, China.

Shanghai surprises. It is a city full of dichotomies. Modern and ancient simultaneously you can find bustling crowds and step on to another block and find solitude. The city of 24 million has been called “China’s showpiece.” And that it is. 

The railway system in Shanghai is extensive, you can get anywhere quickly and you’ll often find multilingual signage. 
The ancient Yu gardens backdropped by the Shanghai World Financial Building (the world’s second tallest)  Both worlds seem to thrive here.
Nanjing Road one of the most popular shopping areas in the city seems to go on for miles. The shops vary with everything up to date to lost in time. It’s a great way to find out just how much you can’t afford.

The city lies near the Yangzte River Delta and is a mammoth shipping area. Tankers and gargantuan cargo ships seem to be on the river night and day. The river divides the city into two distinct parts  The Bund which is the older section which was once the international quarter along the river you can still see some of the stately mansions that were built by the European powers that once held court here.

The Bund features a wide promenade and his a popular meeting place, One side has the older colonial buildings and the other side called the Pudong has the modern skyline.

The modern Pudong district was just rice fields about twenty years ago. The economic growth of the region has been meteoric and it shows.


The Pudong by night and Day. The light show at night is especially stunning. 


Shanghai is ever changing. That’s a major part of her charm. She is never the same city twice.  

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