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One of my favourite areas to explore in Shanghai is the Old Town, which indeed feels light-years away from the modern skyscrapers of Pudong and the neonlights of Nanjing Donglu. In reality it is just a 15 minute subway ride.

Seeing as basically all Shanghai threads unfortunately always completely neglect this area I’ve decided to create an own thread for it.

NOTE: Unfortunately SSC has a history that threads like this turn ugly and are overrun by ‘patriotic’ forumers who see it as an insult of their city/country. Rest assured…it is not! Nobody claims that most of Shanghai looks like this, but it is a part of the city nevertheless and in my opinion an extremely interesting one that is constantly overlooked. So please keep it civil. Thank you for your understanding.































































 

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That's so interesting! Do yu have more of those pics? I've been recently in Shanghai but i never ended up in this area. Have seen "off-tourist-road" places but not this one. I thought such districts were torn down to build modern skyscrapers in Shanghai.
 

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Wow, very cool and with great atmosphere. I prefer this than modern part of the city. Skyscrapers are fine too, but they are same everywhere, and this looks like true China that I would really like to visit.
 

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I haven't been back to shanghai for a while. The last time I went back, it was almost three years ago. I did notice even at that time, most people living in those slummy-looking neighborhoods didn't look like locals any more. It seems like lots of people living there are migrants from outside Shanghai who don't have much education and of course no better-paying jobs either. Maybe I am wrong. Shanghai is certainly not an easy place to survive for any average joe.

Although there's one thing for sure, if you actually own a tiny piece of real estate in those "slums", you own a fortune. Sooner or later, most of those shabby old houses will be demolished for office towers or new condo buildings, as far as I know, the compensation you can get from the local government in Shanghai for moving out is really a lot.

Shanghai is just such an overwhelming place. I don't think there's any city in the US (except NYC) that gives you the same kind of crazy big, big city feeling as Shanghai does, including Chicago. I live in Hollywood/West Hollywood, and work for an institution at Beverly Hills, seriously, LA looks bland and "rural" in comparison with Shanghai.:baeh3:
 

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I was in that area and it was very enjoyable for me. Its not a dangerous slum, its a place where you can find a lot of ancient architecture. Very intresting and "alive". Hope never destroy the old town to build skyscrapers.
 

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They should rather renovate those wonderful buildings and lively areas to preserve them forever. Old China's sadly gone in so many places, including lots of pre-war Beijing. Shanghai should be aware of its great history.

Really fantastic photo show Raptor :applause: I'd love to see more.
 
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