The second day of our visit to Shanghai, the morning started with a fantastic view of the Bund across the Huangpu River. Grace had to go to her meeting for the whole day. I had some time to Kill by myself. I decided to take a walk on Huaihai Middle Road. For tourists, the most famous road to walk is Nanjing East Road, which is a pedestrian street now. It is too touristic for me. Huaihai Middle Road is a totally different fashionable street.
The area is original French Concession part of Shanghai, thus all the street and park is lined with London Plans that was first introduced by the French.
Although Huaihai Middle Road is now line with the most fashionable shops from around the world, it is the little side street, Changle Road that really lead the Shanghai fashion. All the little shops can be as fashionable as any clothing stores in London, Paris or New York.
We can see the most expensive and exotic car parked by the road but also see plenty of ordinary hard labors go about their everyday business.
Further down the road, I arrived at Shanghai Xintiandi (Shanghai New World). The developer rather than torn down the old building of the area, it totally restored the structures. It became one of the biggest tourist attractions in Shanghai.
The buildings in the area form big contrast to the surrounding highrise.
The area has many fine restaurants and interesting shops
Not only tourists, also quite a few photographers like me around try to catch a glimpse of the old Shanghai.
You can see me here from the shop window of the famous clothing store Shanghai Tang.
I continued my way arriving at the waterfront, the Bund, just before sunset. With the sun now behind me I had a fantastic view of the new financial district of Pudong. If you enlarge the picture, you can see the sunstar at the International Convention Center.
The final highlight of the day was crossing the Huangpu River, not by car or by boat, but by the underground tunnel. It was a 5 minutes ride on a small cart with a fantastic show of light display. It took me right where I started in the morning, in front of the hotel at the International Convention Center.