tea shop in Shanghai market

A tea shop – my favorite photo from our stroll through the market in Nanshi, the Old Town of Shanghai.

ThisĀ area used to be the old walled city of Shanghai before the foreign concessions moved in next door in the mid-1800s.

Pots and mugs for that tea.
rain in Shanghai Nanshi Market

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.

stone mason shop Shanghai
A stone mason’s shop on this very street.
rainy street in Shanghai Nanshi
Off into a side street…
sewing shop in Shanghai Nanshi
Where work gets done.
Tattoos, or food, or both?
plastic bowls in Shanghai market
More harmless, and more color.
brooms for sale in Shanghai
No less colorful and just as utilitarian.
rainy street in Nanshi Shanghai
Where the green grocers are.
baskets with green herbs in Nanshi market Shanghai
Green and red.
green market vendor bike in Shanghai
A bike and shop.
eggs for sale at Nanshi Market in Shanghai
Eggs anyone?
fish for sale at Nanshi Market in Shanghai
Dead or alive?
Fish vendor in Nanshi Market in Shanghai
wet street in Nanshi Market in Shanghai