I traveled to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou from 15th of October to 2nd of October in 2009, and the trip really touched me a lot. I’ve heard it long before that Shanghai is an international metropolis, which is densely populated and has long been famous for its vigorous economy and orderly social security as well as its high-standard life of living.
Arriving at Shanghai, I found that it is not as good as I’d thought of it. I daren’t make improper comments on Shanghai’s economy owing to a lack of advanced knowledge about it, however, I thought otherwise when it comes to its urban governance. Let’s look on the bright sides about it, and the City God Temple impressed me a lot, where the rich and varied small commodities were more than you could attend to, ranking from cheap baubles to expensive works of arts, and the only fly in the ointment was that the stall-keepers weren’t as enthusiastic as those in Beijing and Wenzhou.
In addition, the traffic lights in Shanghai were well designed and properly distributed, enabling the left turn vehicles and the through-street vehicles to run smoothly without coming into conflict, but the smooth traffic order was messed with by flyovers, cause’ I considered that the flyovers were designed just for improving the traffic capacity of few vehicles at the expense of majority ones. Now let’s look on the weak side of Shanghai. A large number of pet-dogs are kept by Shanghai people, which are rather ferocious and left un-managed.
Two pieces of architecture are characteristic on the People’s Square, of which one is a garden-style fountain and the other is Shanghai Nature Museum. A large number of office buildings, monuments and luxurious hotels are available in the Bund, highlighted by the statue of Chen Yi (the first mayor of Shanghai after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China) and Shanghai People’s Monument designed by Tongji University, which attract numerous film-directors to film their works every year, and the visitors could fully taste a sense of history Shanghai here. Opposite the Bund erects the magnificent Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with the Huangpu River running quietly.
As far as Shanghai shopping is concerned, the commodities on Nanjing Road are of high grade, while the ones on Sichuan North Road are lined with specialty stores and shops in a popular style, so it’s up to you to decide where to go shopping accordingly.
Author: Yang Qingwei