China 2010: Shanghai

On the last night of the China trip in Shanghai, we headed over to Nanjing Road for some typical touristy photos. As you can see, there’s always a sea of people everywhere in China.

You would think that these vehicles that are being driven into the large crowd of pedestrians on Nanjing Road would be electrical, but nope they’re spewing some mean fumes!

There is no such thing as a pedestrian-friendly street in China… motorbikes are constantly zipping through the crowds.

Too many people + too many cars = no such thing as unobstructed path anywhere from point A to point B.

The madness can be overwhelming at times, but if you’re walking drunk it can also be a lot of fun!

Having to cut through the masses to get to the edge of the water for a clean photo was indeed a daunting task.

The Bund:

After much jostling I finally made it to the edge (with very dirty shoes to show for it). I was not about to give up my position easily after working so hard to get there, so I must have snapped 30 photos of the same picture before I finally deemed it fitting for me to leave my spot.

The crowds never dissipate, they only get bigger. So maddening. So chaotic. So crazy. I absolutely love it!

After seeing the touristy attractions, we walked the smaller streets and alleyways to see the real attractions. In China that would be its biggest asset… the people!

With so many people everywhere and anywhere, it’s definitely hard for the concept of “personal space” to have a place in the Chinese vernacular. However, as is the case with most societies, the more affluent one becomes the more personal space that person desires. So it would be very interesting to see how increased prosperity in China will affect the local psyche in that aspect. Sorry, just thinking out loud here.

Currently, one of the best ways to achieve your personal space in China (and anywhere else for that matter) is to own your own vehicle!

This man certainly looks like he’s enjoying his personal space. What can be better than bike riding at high speeds in your pajamas at night while taking a good drag of your cigarette sans the wife???

Bikes share the street with the rest of the vehicles.

It’s always to cool to have access to some fruit at the street corner during a hot summer night.

People here can almost text with their eyes closed while riding their bike through traffic.

Overall the China trip was amazing and really fun. I hope to be able to visit more sights in the future, but preferably not during the summer season.

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September 7, 2010 - 11:43 am

J. That was quite entertaining… and more like what I experienced in Shanghai too. Great photos~~~~~

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