The magnificent and pulsing city Shanghai

“New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Shanghai doesn’t even sit down, and not just because there is no room.” – Patricia Marx

The Bund (外滩)
Whenever I visit Shanghai I don’t really feel like traveling, more like being in a second home. I have visited this now metropolitan city at least every second year and the development this place has gone through is just insane. Even though the Pudong district is changing almost every year, you can still feel Shanghai’s colonial past when strolling through the Bund.

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Jade Buddha Temple (玉佛寺)
I was visiting Shanghai in February during Chinese New Year. One of my favorite activities is to visit the Temple just next to my uncles home to observe the locals praying for a prosperous future and health. Many people including my father visit the temple on new years eve to ensure a good start into a new year.

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Jing’an Temple (静安寺)
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1933 Old Millfun (上海1933老场坊)
The massive four story large slaughterhouse is now filled with dozens of stores and foto studios. The building was constructed in 1933 during the Republic of China period and was the largest slaughterhouse in Shanghai. The building is originally designed by a British architect who was inspired by the old Romans. The construct was so thought through, as the passages were divided by man-walked stairs and animal-walked slanted corridors. Walking through the place was a little creepy and strange but at the same time beautiful with the sunlight hitting the concrete.

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Shanghai Pudong (浦东)
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City God Temple of Shanghai (上海城隍庙)
Shanghai is actually pretty empty during Chinese New Year, as most of the people go home to visit family or are staying at home. Only that one place is just packed with mainland tourists, the City God Temple of Shanghai. We were just sitting in a restaurant above to observe this sight. But even for us, getting in the temple district was nerve wrecking and we even had to stand in line for some time.

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