Monument near the South Bund Fabric Market.
Manicured lawn and pedestrian crossing near the South Bund Fabric Market.A worker in Yuyuan Garden, one of the most lavish gardens in the area. First established in 1559, today it remains in remarkable condition, and I spent hours there admiring the architecture, the incredible sculptural gardens and the rock formations. This is the Jing'an Temple prayer room. The first Jing'an Temple was built in AD 247 and was relocated in 1216 during the Song Dynasty to its current site. The location is fascinating. The city has boomed around it and it sits nestled amongst skyscrapers in central Shanghai. An oasis amongst the hectic city.
Prayer room No.2 at Jing'an Temple, under construction.
A monk in Jing'an Temple.Zhujiajiao is an ancient water city over 1,700 years old, and artifacts have been found there that date back even further, to 5,000 years ago. I found this little village fascinating. Known as China's Venice, it struck a chord with me as my partner is from Italy just outside of Venice and I have spent many a day getting lost in the labyrinths there. This image is from a boat ride up one of the canals. I would certainly recommend a trip to Zhujiajiao; it's so lovely to get lost and find yourself in an ancient teahouse sipping the most sublime pu'er tea, overlooking canals while locals are playing a game of cards or chess at the table next to you. The locals are friendly and very kind—I will certainly be back!
Hand crocheted booties made by the locals. This was a common sight wandering the residential parts of Zhujiajiao. I couldn't resist bringing back a pair for my nephew in Xiamen.
Local fishermen in a residential canal.
Merchant in Zhujiajiao.
Zhujiajiao Traditional Chinese Medicine store.
Sleepy fisherman with his local catch. Autumn is a prolific time for fresh water crab fishing in Dianshan Lake.
A fisherman finishing his day's work at dusk, on the banks of one of Zhujiajiao's canals.
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