I celebrated my birthday at the end of last month and my wonderful family took me to Shanghai for the weekend (which is only a 2 hour flight out from Hong Kong). I’d never been to anywhere in China before (and I must admit that since living in HK my favourite food has become Shanghainese), so I was quite excited!
I thought HK was a BIG city – but Shanghai is HUGE! 23million people living in just that one city! I didn’t know much about Shanghai’s history but was amazed seeing the old Shanghai district (where the Yu Yuan Garden sits, 450 years old!), then the range of Baroque to Art Deco architecture lining the Bund (which is the financial hub) and the French influence that remains in the French Concession.
One weekend is not enough to fully experience Shanghai, so I’m hoping we get a chance to go back. Here are some of my favourite photos that I took on our short visit there:
In the Yu Yuan Garden
More of the stunning Yu Yuan Garden
A street in Old Shanghai
Tea-tasting at a traditional Tea House
Looking across to Pudong skyline from the Bund
The French Concession district
I’ve been up to my eyeballs in work and study this past month! Haven’t had much time to get back into drawing (or blogging!) and I’m missing it! Looking forward to much less busy-ness come mid-June :-)