Mall near ours
Even I look a bit gray.
Gray van. Gray sky. Gray Bike.
New development near ours.
In all honesty, Shanghai has more gray days than London.
In London, the weather cycles through apace, bright sunshine followed by clouds that move so fast you feel dizzy. Followed by rainbows and hoarfrost and the thick, nearly-animated fog that hangs over Hackney Marshes at 4 in the morning.
In Shanghai, the gray clouds sit on your head and stay there all day. Summer. Fall. Winter. Spring. It’s just cold enough to need a jacket today, but the gray pervades EVERYTHING.
Here are some photographs of the gray gray gray gray gray gray gray gray gray.
Spring has sprung, although the weather remains somewhat crappy and gray out. Today was one of those days when you could wear a coat, but maybe didn’t need one? But you’d have been a little cold if you didn’t bother.
Winter seems to be almost six months long in Shanghai. Summer just as long. A land of extremes, with a few weeks that seem like Spring and Autumn wedged in.
It has been a long time since I posted some Shots Around Shanghai. This is almost entirely due to me being a fairly boring person and not going to anywhere new! Some of these photos go back a long way, until almost Chinese New Year in February. Time to catch up.
Rhonda Rousey Flow?
Local Fancy market area
Inside our bedroom
Fireworks were banned in shanghai for CNY for the first time.
Xinhua News Agency Downtown Shanghai
Finally got a picture of one of the Chair Guys!
Our local street
I think that this says, ‘Have country, always have home’ but my Chinese is not very good
Dirty Cat, one of our neighbourhood’s pets
Old and new, migrants and millionaires
My Biography at School. My surname is ‘Biography!’ hahahahaha
Everything in SH closes at 10PM. Even vending machines, apparently.
I refuse to believe that this is a city of 25-30 million.
Where the hell is everyone? q
Ants at the K11
WTF Surrealism at the K11
Happy Monkey Year!
Inside a massive mall.
Typical intersection in SH.
Up to the site.
This is the site of the first meeting of the Chinese Communist Party. Empty. As Usual.
Hong Kong Plaza.
Xitiandi. The Covent Garden of Shanghai.
Bus butt. For laughs.
No need for a display at an ‘Art Mall’ thinger like the K11 tower. Shanghai is plenty surreal on its very own. Sometimes feels genuinely like it’s I Am Legend, and all other humans are dead.
The park, still with pansies that must surely be freezing
Crab shop is closed for the winter.
Near Shanghai Normal University
Onto Caobao Road. These are migrant construction workers’ living areas.
Massive Shanghai Everbright Convention Centre
They put up a fence so no one can touch the green grass in the city.
Such a Stance!
East Nandan Road, My workplace
Those of you who are aspiring English teachers, be warned. Shanghai is SO COLD in the winter. It’s brutal.
Beautiful in the sunshine, though. Coldest day in 30+ years, right here.