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Shanghai's Quirky Charms

Shanghai may be a bustling metropolis, but hidden behind its modern façade are the quirky charms that make the city so special. Wander into old neighborhoods to see what the locals are up to, and send wishes to a happy couple on the Waibaidu Bridge. Or, visit a master of calligraphy and learn to fly a kite. No matter where you wander, there’s bound to be a quirky surprise on every Shanghai corner.
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Shang Hai Lao Jie, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
After getting your bearings from atop the world's highest observation deck at Shanghai World Financial Center, visit the other side of The Bund. Meander through the side streets and alleys of Old Shanghai, where you can find city life as it's been...
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1008 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
“I used to sit in this small park with a cup of coffee before I went to work. It’s an interesting experience to be in the park and see modern shopping malls on one side of you and tall green trees on the other. At night, older couples...
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Pudong, Shanghai, China
On Century Avenue in Pudong near the Shanghai World Financial Center (currently the tallest building in China), kite vendors fly and sell kites. The kites soar to the height of the super high skyscrapers. There's a Chinese saying, "Those who fly a...
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Shanghai, China
This picture can't describe the feeling I had when I was in Shanghai, cruising on Hunangpu river, at night... You know, it was one of those moments when you feel happy and complete... You know that it won't last forever and you just enjoy...
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Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Architecture lovers flock to the Huangpu River's western side to stroll the Bund, a waterfront tourist magnet in central Shanghai. There's a glorious mishmash of late-19th- and early-20th-century styles here, from Gothic revival to art deco. Walk...
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Jiang Ning Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
Sure, Shanghai has some great markets where you can find just about anything, but wandering the local streets and alleys will let you stumble upon things you didn't even know you needed... Not only will you find kitschy and often nostalgic...
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Shanghai's streetside carts are often filled with things you never knew you needed: ceramic bowls, DVDs, notebooks, even small pets like rabbits and hamsters. But flowers, however - everyone needs flowers! Shanghai's flower carts are the...