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CPC100 - Walking in the Shanghai Alleys


09 June 2021 | By Zhang Qi, reviewed by Zhou Liya | Copyedited by Xu Shijie

  • A view of an old house in Yangpu District

  • The view of the Bund

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hat will be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of Shanghai? It might be the forest of buildings, the elite in a hurry, or crowded attractions with tourists and high consumption. But when we really come here, we will find that this prosperous and modern city can be equally down-to-earth and lovely.

Maybe one day when the sun is shining, you get on a small bus and meet some Shanghainese-speaking grannies with small camping stools in hands, greeting each other and taking a seat, discussing where they are heading. You are secretly amazed to find that in this era of neatly divided by cubicles and internets, these elder people still have the energy to go out together just as young besties.

As you get off the bus, you walk along brick roads, glancing over the plain garbage cans and electrical boxes on the side of the road. When you are just about to withdraw your eyesight, you suddenly notice that they have been painted yellow with words on them, which you know every character of them but still feel confused. Then you approach it and take a closer look, and find they are in Shanghainese - and look, there's even annotations next to them!

Without realizing it, you may have come to a narrow alley, which seems to be a totally different world from those towering modern buildings with technological traits. So, this is one of the so-called alleyways in Shanghai. Looking around carefully, you see greenery growing in pots and pans at the doorways of the residents. Then look up and you see a cat gently striding over the wall, and with a forward-looking only to find people relaxing on the lounge chairs.

As night falls, you walk slowly while reminiscing about Shanghai you saw today. If we say that the cosmopolitan Shanghai often pushes people to run hard, while Shanghai of the rich flavor of life can be like a long-time friend, accompanying you to walk slowly through time and taste the sweetness of life.

 

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