Only in Shanghai do you find such contrasts. On opposite banks of the mighty Huangpu river, glittering skyscrapers of 21st Century expansion in Pudong face off with the colonial splendour of the Bund. A few moments from the decadent comforts of the French Concession - where in 1921 the Chinese Communist Party was born - you find yourself strolling in the traditionally oriental Old Quarter.
Meanwhile, people continue their daily lives in suburbs such as my own, Hongkou. And everywhere there is the overwhelming bustle, traffic, construction, dust, noise and smell of modern-day 'capitalism with a Chinese face'.
|Teahouse and Willow||Mid Lake Pavilion
|Leafy street||Ivy Tower||Concession
Lu Xun Park, Hongkou district
|Lu Xun Lake||Lu Xun's
'Jewish Quarter', Hongkou
|Civic Building||Church||Hongkou Stadium|
Suzhou Hangzhou Qingdao Xiamen Gulang Yu
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