Shanghai – Not The Bund

A Shanghai canal at dusk.

A Shanghai canal at dusk.

We arrived at our Shanghai hotel in time for us to take a walk before supper.

The hotel was the Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Oriental Shanghai, about 3 miles east of The Bund, Shanghai’s famous riverside street on the Huangpu River, and three miles downriver from Pudong, the not-quite-twenty year old finance and trade centre which boasts an impressive array of modern buildings including The Oriental Pearl Tower. (I’ll be posting more on those two areas in the next few days.)

Crossing the street was the biggest challenge.

Traffic below our hotel. Despite crosswalk painting traffic does NOT stop for pedestrians.

Traffic below our hotel. Despite crosswalk painting traffic does NOT stop for pedestrians.

The majority of the traffic was coming off the bridge from the west side of the river (at bottom of photo) or turning left (from the right side of the picture) onto the on-ramp. In neither case were they paying attention to pedestrians.

The majority of the traffic was coming off the bridge from the west side of the river (at bottom of photo) or turning left (from the right side of the picture) onto the on-ramp. In neither case were they paying attention to pedestrians.

The neighbourhood was not the most scenic, but there is always something interesting to shoot!

Progress.  We were fairly close to the Huangpu river so this part of Shanghai was heavily industrialized.

Progress. We were fairly close to the Huangpu river so this part of Shanghai was heavily industrialized.

The back side of the building being demolished in the previous picture.

The back side of the building being demolished in the previous picture.

Canal looking west.

Canal looking west.

This is the same canal looking east, after we had walked around the block (so to speak.). The bridge from the previous picture  is in the distance.

This is the same canal looking east, after we had walked around the block (so to speak.). The arch from the previous picture is in the distance.

It was getting quite dark as we headed back. As a result there is lots of ‘noise’ in the dark parts of these photos, which I have somewhat disguised by converting one to black and white, exaggerating the colour on another, and ‘aging’ the third.

Shanghai is full of canals and small waterways.  I couldn't find this one on a Google map.  In fact I couldn't find any of the canals in any of these photos on the map!

Shanghai is full of canals and small waterways. I couldn’t find this one on a Google map. In fact I couldn’t find any of the canals in any of these photos on the map!

You'd be taking your life in your hands to cycle in Shanghai unless you knew how to keep off the main roads.

You’d be taking your life in your hands to cycle in Shanghai unless you knew how to keep off the main roads.

Closing time.

Closing time.

Next post: The Bund

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