Old Shanghai (1)

We arrived a bit early for a meeting at the Fosun Foundation and wandered the streets nearby – a bit of Old Shanghai, which sadly looks scheduled for redevelopment, but as yet survives: small back streets with tiny shops selling shoes, eggs and vegetables; a trace of what the city must have felt like before the Cultural Revolution and Shanghai’s massive reconstruction:-

As we explored further, a gate was open and we walked into a courtyard of a house which was magically unchanged:-

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4 thoughts on “Old Shanghai (1)

  1. marinavaizey says:

    we want to keep ‘heritage’ but I wonder what it is like for those living there. I remember being in extremely remote Ladakh, and visiting after a long trek a Buddhist monastery; we adored it, and all the monks wanted which is what they did not have -running water and electricity, phones even!!! and a passable road that vehicles could come done, and we in our I think lack of comprehension were somehow so distressed that they wanted to change their historic ways, ways that were underpinned by lack of resources. On the other hand it is odd to us as visitors that so many cultures do not cherish the vestiges of the past, I know old Beijing has vanished. Sorry to go on — it is a fascinating conundrum perhaps insoluble.

    • I think it was interesting how life goes on in traditional ways without mod cons. They didn’t look unhappy and all had mobile phones. I’m not sure that they would have relished being told that their shops (and habits) were about to be demolished for redevelopment. Charles

  2. Marina is quite right : it’s a strange contradiction that we want to hold onto the past just as others welcome all the trappings of contemporary life.

    Gillie’s grandson, Harry, has been working for two years in Shendu for a company in which he is the only person who speaks English, and has a Chinese girlfriend, so he has had to learn Mandarin. She is here, doing a Master’s in Alzheimer’s. Her parents visited and stayed with Sophie and Gary who have many family Chinese artefacts from the East India company.

    Sophie apologised for them and was surprised by their response – that no one in China has such objects since the Cultural Revolution, and they were really pleased to see them being appreciated.

    Your images from the museums are, as always, lovely. I like particularly the the fisherman returning home.

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