A tea shop – my favorite photo from our stroll through the market in Nanshi, the Old Town of Shanghai. This area used to be the old walled city of Shanghai before the foreign concessions moved in next door in the mid-1800s.
The day we visited the Old Town was the only day of my visit to Shanghai that we had bad weather. The rain got progressively worse, and yet I love this picture for its stark gray and black tones, the red accents, the tourist umbrellas and the hodgepodge of air conditioners below a traditional Chinese roof. In addition, the highrise apartment buildings, so typical of today’s Shanghai, loom in the distance. These developments continue to devour parts of this Old Town. Already there was a thoroughfare that was still in my guidebook, printed in 2009, that we couldn’t traverse anymore as we were met with a construction fence and a gigantic hole beyond.