As I walked around Shanghai it gave me the impression that I was back in Hong Kong around the 50's & 60's due to presence of the old colonial buildings and the metropolitan vibe. Luckily, unlike Hong Kong though, Shanghai has seen fit to keep these historic buildings standing - none more so than in Old Shanghai Town.
It doesn't feel like it is the 21st Century when you walk though this part of Shanghai. The streets are narrow, windy and numerous all within which, you could get lost for hours exploring all the nooks and crannies of the place. It is definitely a place to get to head with you camera and just wander aimlessly for hours - I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommended the town of Old Shanghai to all!
Some fast facts about Shanghai (上海):
- Largest city in China, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people.
- It is located on China's central eastern coast just at the mouth of the Yangtze River.
- Shanghai grew to importance in the 19th century due to its favorable port location and as one of the cities opened to foreign trade by the 1842 Treaty of Nanking.
Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f4, 1/125, ISO 100, -0.33ev