The Changes The Changes

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I’ve recently started to spend a lot more time on Weibo. Weibo is the Chinese version of Twitter, just as RenRen stands in for Facebook.
It’s a good way to practice Chinese reading comprehension , an indispensable look into the Chinese news world, and a great way to become better acquainted with Shanghai. There are tons of cool things about Shanghai that can’t be found in English language websites.
I’ve started following this amazing user “摄影师陆杰” who shares great old photos of Shanghai.

Here is a picture of East Nanjing Road overlooking the Huangpu River. Virtually unrecognizable from the Shanghai we know today (no Pearl TV Tower , Lujiazui is still all farmland!), and this picture is only from 1988! It reminds me more of Hanoi and Phnom Penh than anything (especially the red and green roofed houses at the bottom/center of the photo).

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The Wall Yet Stands!

 

Change , change , change , change is in the air. The temperature has been creeping upwards ,the sun has come out after nearly a month of straight cold, grey, rain and the cherry blossoms are just starting to emerge.  Changshou road’s 4 eastbound lanes have been shutdown and traffic re-routed. One night there was a courtyard the next night a new 3 lane road was paved to compensate for the new construction. Just like that, overnight. One day I look from my balcony and everything is normal , the next day a new 3 lane road. Craziness. Later on this summer a new subway line will be open right on the corner of Changshou and Wuning roads. I , however, will be outta here in 3 weeks. A new apartment woo hoo!

Last summer upon returning from the Yunnan and Laos travels I read , much to my chagrin, in That’s Shanghai magazine that my favorite graffiti spot on Moganshan lu would be coming down. New developments and investments would be destroying the classic graf wall. It was supposed to be down by the end of last year . Shit weather and work have kept me away from the area but last weekend I checked it out and the wall yet stands! The adjacent building’s facade has been newly constructed and finished up but so far Moganshan’s wall is still up. I have no idea how long that will last or maybe the destruction has been called off. Who can say? I do leave you with some nice new photos though. Enjoy while it lasts. And I swear the rest of the Cambodian trip will be written up soon!

Old & New

Shanghai is a city in the throes of rapid destruction, rebirth , and change. Show someone the city from 20 years ago and the city of today and its virtually unrecognizable. Skyscrapers pop-up , new metro lines spread under the ground like earthworms digging, the old is demolished , and the new sprouts up. The pace of change here is incredible. The subway line I take to work was put in 6 months before I moved here and now a new line is being constructed even closer to my house. I can’t even imagine the city in 10 more years.

I was just doing some bike riding along the Suzhou Creek on Guangfu road (光复路) and took a couple of photos I thought really illustrated the old and new of SH. Another great place to witness this is in Old Town. Where you see the old style Shanghai with the new style Pudong skyline soaring overhead. I would have photos but my camera died yesterday.

Unfortunately I have problems with posting single photos on here but check out the gallery!