November Issue 2015
A Walk Through Shanghai
Shanghai is the most populous city of China and its business capital.
The Old Town, Dongtai Road antique market.
Shanghai's extraordinary skyline.
Sonjiang Mosque is the oldest mosque in Shanghai.
A puppet seller in the Children's Market.
Chinese bridal couples posing in front of their favourite restaurants.
Shanghai has been a second home for me. I have visited it no less than 13 times as both my children, their spouses and my two granddaughters were living in that glamorous city. I have therefore witnessed Shanghai’s transformation, which has continued at a frantic pace, and it is difficult to keep track of all that is being pulled down and the hundreds of high-rises that are coming up in this city. Shanghai continues to morph on a daily basis. The aspirations China has had for Shanghai in the past two -and-a-half decades have become all too apparent now. Nevertheless, within this development paradigm there is a problem: The ongoing temptation for mega-projects and high-rise developments that cry out ‘modernity’ leaves little time to worry about preserving traditional Chinese culture or architectural heritage. Newsline provides a glimpse of one of the most happening cities in the world. Photos by the author