Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ABC Wednesday: K is for Kill Time

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.

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Sylvia K said...

Terrific way to spend the day and have the perfect word for the K Day! What a lovely city Shanghai is! Gorgeous captures and that last shot is truly awesome! Hope the rest of your week goes well! Enjoy!


Gramma Ann said...

Well that was interesting, I enjoyed my tour around town. Thanks for being my tour guide.

Leslie: said...

What a great way to kill time! Thanks for the lovely tour of the city and have a great week! :D

Paula Scott said...

WOW! What a fabulous yield for killing time! Amazing shots and that skyline is beautiful-along with that sun star.

photowannabe said...

The tunnel is so intriguing. Wonderful photos. Thanks for the tour of such an interesting place. I like the picture of you in the reflection.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your effort and this journey through a city never seen before by me. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

daily athens

Roger Owen Green said...

Love the shots, esp the tunnel /

I did kill, too, for ABCW; slightly different take.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

shu said...

Remarkable photos, thank you! The mood Xintiandi conjurs up is the tales of old and new Shanghai - something almost impossible to convey.

Tumblewords: said...

Very beautiful - I'm particularly fond of the delightfully lighted underground!

Joy said...

Wonderful pictures of Shanghai, they give a real flavour of the city. Cities are great places to stroll around with a camera, killing time to digitally capture it.

Wanda said...

What a great way to "kill" time. Wish I was killing it with you.

Love the picture of the reflection of the girl int he don't look to bad yourself!!!


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