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Old June 22nd, 2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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NCT's Shanghai Series - Off the beaten path (Zhongshan Park, Thames Town, Hongqiao Hub ...)

After the usual dose of The Bund, Lujiazui, Xintiandi and whatnot, I thought It's time to see some of the other faces of Shanghai.

First off, Zhongshan Park, a fairly recent business district in west central Shanghai that took off as a result of the Metro Interchange. In the areas surrounding there are a lot of high-rise apartment blocks.





Changning Road is the main thoroughfare cutting through the CBD.





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Suning Electricals



Entrance to Zhongshan Park Station (Line 2)



Some office towers ...



Cloud Nine Shopping Mall, with another Metro entrance



Cloud Nine is currently the biggest shopping centre of Zhongshan Park.



Not unlike many others, there is an office tower to go with it. My cousin says it looks like a banana ...

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Old June 22nd, 2011, 03:33 PM   #3
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Inevitably whenever there's a shopping centre I always find something to rant about.



No interaction at all with the street, and people think Westfield London is bad.



The back of the shopping centre



Words fail me...

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Old June 22nd, 2011, 03:39 PM   #4
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The back end of the the CBD houses some non-descript old blocks of flats. It seems in some places ground subsidence has been fairly substantial.



Suzhou Creek runs along the north-end of Zhongshan Park (the park itself)



Alas, disabled access is still an afterthought



Doubling back. The elevated bit is the tracks for lines 3 and 4, which make an interchange with line 2 at Zhongshan Park.





Outside Zhongshan Park Station (Line 3 and 4)



A footbridge linking the station to Cloud Nine

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Bus station round the back of Cloud Nine



Route 13 approaches the station from the other side ...



... so passengers have to board from the road, fantastic!



Another bus station to the south





Behind this station is a piece of land earmarked for a new Raffles City.



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Old June 22nd, 2011, 07:56 PM   #6
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At Zhongshan park Station (Lines 3/4)















A multi-storey car park



'Beethoven Plaza ...'

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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:01 PM   #7
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Some views from apartments.

Crap summer's day vs beautiful summer's day









Old Housing





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A typical modern residential area in Pudong





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Love this thread!! Thanks NCT... So tired of seeing Pudong and the Bund.
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Old June 24th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #10
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Thanks Munwon!

Songjiang old town











And a little scene from Songjiang University Town

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Songjiang Thames Town, part of Songjiang new town













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British-style housing stock









Apprently this development incorporated British urban planning best practices



They've used Zebra crossing street furnature without really understanding what a zebra crossing is for, and definitely forgot to lowever the curb for wheelchair users





Security gate - extremely un-British



The only thing remotely British is the weather.

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It'd be unfair to call this place a ghost town as people do actually live here. However as Thames Town is not designed as a focal point for the wider Songjiang New Town, there is no retail and the 'town centre' is completely dead.











Nice brick-work though ...



... or not

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Well done on the photos, although British town is a bit weird.
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Living in that "British town" must be very expensive, am I right? I mean, it's gated and it seems to offer a "village atmosphere" in an extremely hectic city known for its skyline. Do you know roughly how far this "British town" is from People's Square?

Nice pics!

EDIT: About 34 km, according to Google Maps.
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To be fair, all residential complexes in Shanghai are gated, but yes those single-family houses are indeed very expensive.
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Nice to see these European looking neighboorhouds!
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More photos!











A few of many empty shop units





And a jolly empty high street

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An actual shop - such a rarety in that place.













Could be Hampstead Heath this could



And I'm sure this is meant to be River Thames ...

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