May you have abundance, happiness, health, and prosperity in the Year of the Sheep.
I was hoping to share these images from Shanghai when I visited before Christmas. Given the Chinese New Year, this is an opportune time to share these lovely images.
The charm and style of Shanghai are shining through its old and new developments, and you can see how people are enjoying the fruits of the rapid economic development in China – everyone is buying and consuming! In the financial district of the Pudong area, you will forget that you are in China but ponder if you are in Manhattan.
In the old street alley, local eateries, grocery stores, arts and crafts stores intertwine with big commercial buildings and hotels – a typical mix of old and new in Shanghai. My most enjoyable local activities were eating the delicious Shanghai wonton soup for breakfast, books-browsing in the gigantic bookstore, and bargaining (tenaciously in Mandarin) with the sellers at the antique stores!
In the French-inspired People’s Park, the community enjoy opera singing, dancing, tai chi, painting, debating, and strolling along the beautiful walkways.
At the famous and must-see Shanghai Museum, locals and tourists open their jaws and eyes when seeing and appreciating the ancient art of China. I am certainly proud to be a Chinese!
Walking along the River Bund and staring across the river towards the Pudong financial district, you wonder if the new Shanghai is going to regain all the glory of the old Shanghai and be China’s best financial hub again.