Saturday, July 14

China Recap: Part 1 - First Days in Shanghai

A ton of you asked me where I was in China... I was in Shanghai and Beijing. They're where my father and mother are from, respectively and they're the ONLY two large cities I've been in in China.


Shanghai was grey. So incredibly dull and grey. Especially compared to Arizona where there are blue skies and sunshine every day. What surprises me about China is how separated it is. Shanghai is such a modern metropolis, but you might not be able to tell from these pictures. And this is comfortable middle class living. Anyways, these photos were taken out of my Grandmother's apartment building. 





I went from Shanghai to Beijing and back to Shanghai again, so these pictures are only from the first day or so in Shanghai. I got a pair of wedges fixed!

Also super crazy in Shanghai? Apartment buildings. In this picture, there's about 15 high rise apartment buildings. Then if you look to the left, another 15 in a different complex. Look to the right? Another 15. These are all decent sized dwellings but generally with 3 generations in them. 

Lastly, food. This is a picture that I snapped at the beginning of the deal when all the "cold" dishes were out. 



23 comments:

  1. i never been to shanghai or any other places in China. I hope i would go there someday. And im a huge fan of chinese food!!!!! they are amazing!!

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  2. Wow the sky might be grey but the food looks delicious :)

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  3. shanghai is still one of the places i must visit, herd the food is amazing!

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  4. i wish to visit china someday and especially those cities :)

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  5. My family is from Shanghai too. I lived there until I was about 8. It's a busy place, and growing like crazy. Although I hate fighting the crowds, I miss it terribly from time to time. Especially the food. But you are right, Shanghai can be dull and gray. Possibly because of the mass pollution.
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  6. love this pics and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
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  7. Hi Aki!

    Thanks for leaving a comment!
    The wedding was such a splendid affaira,
    Love the pics of China, i wish there were more!

    Ariane xxxxx

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  8. Love your pictures Aki! Even though the buildings look really grey and dull, it looks like it would still be an interesting place to visit. I hope you had a great time there :D I've never been there before but it's definitely on the list of places I'd like to visit in my lifetime.

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  9. Looks like a great start to a trip!
    I'm always amazed by the scale of the cities in Asia.

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  10. oh you're on vacation? How fun! Looks like you're having a blast, I hope your enjoy your stay there! awesome pictures


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  11. Oh my!! That's now how I pictured China at all. Thanks for the pictures and sharing part of your trip with us :)

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  12. Wow. great photos! :)

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    Lizzie

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  13. it's always a wonderful to visit places from where your family roots are. thanks for sharing :)
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  14. Wow awesome photos. The apartment buildings you shared was shocking! There are so many! I can only imagine what that looked like in person!

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  15. I was always taught in school that Asian countries like Shangahi and Japan etc build 'up' instead of 'out' (i.e. Surburban areas like you get in the U.S or Australia) because of space restrictions and over population. It is still crazy to see just how many high rise buildings there really are. It does look veryyy Grey - but I still would love to visit China one day :)

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  16. oh wow Aki! thanks for sharing these. my mom talks about inter-generational living among Asians when she teaches. it's amazing to see the high rises that you featured.
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  17. Nice pictures! Shanghai is such an amazing city, I went there too a few years ago

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  18. I love that you are sharing these pictures. I would love to visit one day. China kind of fascinates me. It looks so dark and dreary in your pictures.

    *Erin

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  19. i didn't know this about about shanghai..for some weird reason i always imagined shanghai full of red and yellow and all sorts of colours!

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    1. I think it's a lot more colorful when you look at the people than at the sky.

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