We took my parents to Qibao, a watertown on LIne 9 in Shanghai. In fact, it seems to be very close to where we live. Out by the Hongqiao Airport and the Railway Station.
The town is made to look old, and some parts of it are actually old. The streets are tiny and crowded, and in the rain it really felt like we were in Old China.
My favourite picture from this lot is the old man sitting in the traditional tea house. It is something of a stereotypical shot; this is not truly what Shanghai looks like and it might never have been. But it makes me feel like maybe, just maybe, I am actually living in China.
Here is the guy singing, as promised.
Get to Xujiahui on whatever line you find yourself in Shanghai. Take Line 9 (light blue) to Qibao, going four stops. Follow the signs from the station, hanging a right at the intersection just past the massive new shopping mall and a left at the end of the street. The main entrance is on the right.