Image of The Week: Shanghai – A Rainy Afternoon on Nanjing Rd

This weeks image was captured during 2007 in China’s commercial and financial capital of Shanghai. The image shows the pedestrian shopping mall of Nanjing Road, during a passing rain shower. In the blink of an eye, there’s an umbrella salesman on every corner, making a quick yuan on the sale of their goods. I didn’t mind the Nanjing Road district, but the other non discrete shopping centers I could do without.

If the requirement of obtaining super power status is measured by the total space allotted to a countries shopping malls, then China is no longer emerging and has already arrived. Shanghai  has a vast number of shopping malls, and Beijing has three  of the top tens worlds largest (with the worlds largest being the South China Mall built in 2005 in Dongguan China has over 1500 individual shops). It appears that many of the countries historic buildings are making way for these monstrosities. China is changing rapidly, into what I’m not quite sure yet?

Shanghai Street Scene

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Jason has traveled the world extensively during the last 20 years, with overland journeys on six continents and across over 90 countries. This site serves as a chronicle of the images and tales from these journeys, as well as offering advice and general information for other like minded travelers.

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  • Breakaway Backpacker

    Great picture. For some reason it looks like it was taken back in the 1920s or a long long time ago.

  • Jason

    Thanks for that praise. Sometimes I like to portray my black and whites images in that way, and it appears to have worked. Glad you interpreted the image that way.

  • Dave from The Longest Way Home

    Man, I remember this place. The end of my overland journey. Have to agree with about this place.

    Lot’s of concrete buildings etc. Somehow I had romanticized it into old buildings mixed with new. Instead I saw something akin to this scene. Lot’s of people, subway, and bright flashing lights!

  • Jason

    Hey Dave, Yeah it was a little bit of a street disco scene, with neon flashing lights and advertising. There were clusters of buildings along ‘The Bund’ that had well maintained and renovated colonial architecture, and I did enjoy walking along that area at night. Who knows where Shanghai is heading in the short term future, but with all that was going happening on the other side of the river, I definitely know she’s not going to sit still. Thanks for your comment.

  • Charter Bus DC

    Here is Similar Story

    Take subway to Shanghai Railway Station, then transfer taxi to get there.
    Subway fare 4RMB/person, taxi fare approximately 12RMB.
    It’s one of the most famous Buddhist temples downtown.
    Admission fee: 10RMB/person for outer temple.
    10RMB/person for inner temple.

    English name: Jade Buddha Temple : Chinese name: yu fo si

  • Andi Perullo

    I would have loved to have seen this in color! China is all about the color!!!

  • Jason

    Hey Andi, I know you like your color. I’ve seen photo’s of your luggage.

  • Andi Perullo

    Hahaha, touche! ;-)

    In a message dated 2/10/2011 2:23:21 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,

    Jason wrote, in response to Andi Perullo:

    Hey Andi, I know you like your color. I’ve seen photo’s of your luggage.

    Link to comment:

  • Brendan van Son

    Nice composition on this shot. I like the choice of Black and White because the monotony of colour adds to the business of the scene.

  • Jason

    Hey Brendan, Thanks for the praise, I appreciate it. I reckon you and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to the decision of when an image will tend to lend itself to a black and white print. With the amount of distraction in the scene when portrayed in color, I feel is to much. In black and white I feel there is a nice balance across the image. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Natalie – Turkish Travel

    I like it in Black and white as well. color would been too busy knowing them Chinese street signs!!

  • Jason

    Hey Natalie, Yeah I’m hearing you. Those neon street signs can be a bit to full on, but make for good images all the same. Thanks for stopping by.

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