ABOVE: Night scene at The Bund (waterfront walkway with the view of the colonial banks of Shanghai), was a great place to relax and finally cool-off from the day’s scorching heat. Addition to these well preserved imperial-era buildings, the walkway is also the viewpoint of Pu-Dong central business district, which provides a strong time-era contrast between the new and the old.
ABOVE: It’s always fun to adventure into random/strange alleyways. The bicycles are crucial means of transportation for the locals and you can see abundance of them wherever you go in Shanghai. I love how the bicycles shape provide irregular lines, contrasted with the single-file parking of these bikes. The natural lighting through the top slit of the two buildings provide a beautiful texture to these simple vehicle.
ABOVE: Combining China’s rich history with its fast developing economy provide the city with a unique mix of the old vs. the new. This photo is a prefect example of that. The Shanghai Tower (under-construction), the tallest building in China & second tallest in the world, provide a stark contrasting backdrop for the Yuyuan Bazaar. Yuyuan Bazaar is a bustling marketplace in old Chinese neighborhood, which is also home to the famous Yuyuan Gardens.
ABOVE: As I mentioned in my previous Photo Essay: Shanghai, China is filled with unique doorways, and the Yuyuan (Yu) Garden is no exception to this. One thing I love about this photo is that it capture three different doorways, each with a unique arch and shape.
ABOVE: I love how the sun provides a natural-spot light on this family feeding the eager-Koi fish at Yu Garden. The sun filtering through the leaves create a dramatic lighting on both the subjects and to the green leaves of the trees.
ABOVE: Sometimes its more fun to go people watching at museums than to see the actual displays. Here at Shanghai Museum, a young women appreciates the ancient Chinese sculptures. Beautiful silhouette of the subject is created thanks to the darkened lighting of the gallery.
ABOVE: Can’t seem to get away from Starbucks wherever you go! This coffee shop was located in the heart of the Yuyuan Bazaar, and due to its unique Chinese architectural facade, I thought it deserved a shot. Plus the random trash collecting scooter was irresistible.