Shanghai: The Pearl of the Orient

Stock Photography By Dennis Kraft

The most populated municipal city in the world, with a population of over 24 million, Shanghai is an amazing metropolis that has been compared with other great cities but stands on its own as the economic powerhouse of Asia, a centre of culture and the arts, a shopper's and gourmet's paradise, and a traveller's delight. From the leafy tree-lined French concession to the vibrant, neon-lit skyline of Lujiazui, the city is full of enticing sights.

Shanghai 32
Shanghai 32
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Shanghai 31
Shanghai 31
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Shanghai 33
Shanghai 33
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Shanghai 30
Shanghai 30
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Shanghai 12
Shanghai 12
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Shanghai 42 Jing An Temple
Shanghai 42 Jing An Temple
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Shanghai 41 Jing An Temple
Shanghai 41 Jing An Temple
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Shanghai 34
Shanghai 34
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Shanghai 46 Nanjing Road at Night
Shanghai 46 Nanjing Road at
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Shanghai 19  - The Bund
Shanghai 19 - The Bund
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Shanghai 17 Night at the Bund
Shanghai 17 Night at the Bund
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People of China 10 Cooking Baozi
People of China 10 Cooking
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Shanghai 23
Shanghai 23
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Shanghai 22
Shanghai 22
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Shanghai 21 - The French Concession
Shanghai 21 - The French
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Shanghai 38 People Park Pond
Shanghai 38 People Park Pond
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People of China 13 Three Ladies
People of China 13 Three Ladies
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Shanghai 36
Shanghai 36
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Shanghai 35
Shanghai 35
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Shanghai 40 People Park Games
Shanghai 40 People Park Games
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Shanghai 39 Jin An Park
Shanghai 39 Jin An Park
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Shanghai 03
Shanghai 03
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Shanghai 14 Swatch Art Peace Hotel
Shanghai 14 Swatch Art Peace
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Shanghai 15 - The Fairmont Peace Hotel
Shanghai 15 - The Fairmont
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Shanghai 03
Shanghai 03
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Shanghai 25 - Graffiti
Shanghai 25 - Graffiti
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Shanghai 27
Shanghai 27
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Shanghai 06 - Bright Lights on Water
Shanghai 06 - Bright Lights on
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Shanghai 08
Shanghai 08
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Shanghai 10
Shanghai 10
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Shanghai 07 Huangpu Tourist River Boat
Shanghai 07 Huangpu Tourist
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Shanghai 04
Shanghai 04
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Chinese Lantern 07
Chinese Lantern 07
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Chinese Lantern 10
Chinese Lantern 10
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Shanghai 43 Jing An Temple
Shanghai 43 Jing An Temple
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Shanghai 45 Jing An Temple
Shanghai 45 Jing An Temple
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Shanghai 44 Jing An Temple
Shanghai 44 Jing An Temple
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Shanghai 47 The Paramount Ballroom
Shanghai 47 The Paramount
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1. Shanghai 32. Shanghai's iconic Pearl Tower can be seen in the background behind the rose.

2. Shanghai 31. Shanghai is the world's most populous city with an estimated 24 million people livingthere in 2017. It is the largest shipping container port served by the man-made Huangpu river which is a tributary of the Yangtze. Shanghai is the economic showpiece of mainland China and this is evidenced from it's spectacular Lujiazui skyline.

3. Shanghai 33. Shanghai is the world's most populous city with an estimated 24 million people living their in 2017. Prior to the 1990's this area of land on the East bank of the river was undeveloped farm land with occasional villages in the area. Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms brought about the development.

4. Shanghai 30. Shanghai is the economic showpiece of mainland China and this is evidenced from its spectacular Lujiazui skyline. The Jin Mao Tower on the left, the Shanghai Tower, and the Shanghai World Financial Centre can all be seen here.The Shanghai Tower is 128 floors, 628 metres, or 2073 feet tall.

5. Shanghai 12. The Pearl Tower dressed in her night lights shines above the Huangpu river while a tourist boat below glides through neon-lit waters.

6. Shanghai 42 Jing An Temple . Jing An Temple was first built in 247 AD near Suzhou Creek. It was relocated to its current location in 1216. During the cultural revolution it was turned into a plastics factory but returned to its original purpose as a Buddhist temple in 1983. Since that time it has undergone extensive renovations including the construction of a new pagoda. Within the temple is the largest jade Buddha in China at 3.8 metres and has a weight of about 11,000 kilograms.

7. Shanghai 41 Jing An Temple . Jing An Temple was first built in 247 AD near Suzhou Creek. It was relocated to its current location in 1216. During the cultural revolution it was turned into a plastics factory but returned to its original purpose as a Buddhist temple in 1983. Since that time it has undergone extensive renovations including the construction of a new pagoda. Within the temple is the largest jade Buddha in China at 3.8 metres and has a weight of about 11,000 kilograms.

8. Shanghai 34. Shanghai is the world's most populous city with an estimated 24 million people living their in 2017. It is the largest shipping container port served by the man-made Huangpu river which is a tributary of the Yangtze. Shanghai is the economic showpiece of mainland China and this is evidenced from its spectacular Lujiazui skyline.

9. Shanghai 46 Nanjing Road at Night. Nanjing Road in Shanghai remains a popular tourist attraction and on holidays teems with crowds.

10. Shanghai 19 - The Bund. The Bund or outer beach runs along Zhongshan Road in an area that was the former Shanghai International Settlement. It has 52 buildings of various architectural styles and attracts tourists from across China and the world.

11. Shanghai 17 Night at the Bund. The Bund or outer beach runs along Zhongshan Road in an area that was the former Shanghai International Settlement. It has 52 buildings of various architectural styles and attracts tourists from across China and the world.

12. People of China 10 Cooking Baozi. This cook prepares sumptuous bao zhI, a type of fried pork dumpling at a small restaurant in Shanghai close to the Bund.

13. Shanghai 23 . This is a typical apartment lane found widely throughout Shanghai and giving a hint of day to day life.

14. Shanghai 22. Through much of the 19th century, Shanghai was split up into zones based on the colonial interests. The area that was ruled by the French is today a charming area of Shanghai with broad lanes, leafy trees, and predominated by colonial architecture styles. There are many pleasant shops and restaurants to visit in this area of Shanghai. In this photo, bird cages can be seen hanging outside of a shop. . Keeping birds is common in many parts of China and people will often take their birds for walk

15. Shanghai 21 - The French Concession. A view of a street inShanghai's French concession.

16. Shanghai 38 People Park Pond . Shanghai's People's Park or Renmin Gongyuan was established in central Shanghai in 1952. One of the most pleasant aspects of the park is the lovely lotus and lily pad pond at the centre of the park.

17. People of China 13 Three Ladies . Three lovely ladies, practicing a dance routine that involved a sport's racquet are kind enough to pose for a photo in People's Park in Shanghai.

18. Shanghai 36. Shanghai's People's Park or Renmin Gongyuan, was established in central Shanghai in 1952. It has remained a popular venue and is visited daily by locals who engage in card and chess games.

19. Shanghai 35. Shanghai's People's Park or Renmin Gongyuan was established in central Shanghai in 1952. It has remained a popular venue and is visited daily by locals who engage in card and chess games, English corner on Sunday afternoons and a weekend marriage market where parents can exchange information on their eligible adult children. There are two museums and a pond within the park.

20. Shanghai 40 People Park Games. Shanghai's People's Park or Renmin Gongyuan was established in central Shanghai in 1952. Every day locals come to play cards, chess, sing and to socialize.

21. Shanghai 39 Jin An Park. Shanghai's Jin An Park was established in central Shanghai in 1954. The area was originally a cemetery and the surviving rows of trees are from that time period.

22. Shanghai 03. Like many Chinese cities, Shanghai decorates itself at night in displays of lights on its buildings and along its streets. This image comes from along East Nanjing Street not far from Jinan Temple.

23. Shanghai 14 Swatch Art Peace Hotel . The Swatch Art Peace Hotel was originally called Central Hotel and was built in 1903. It is part of the Fairmont Peace Hotel which is across the street just out of sight of this photo. The hotel hosts artists from around the world.

24. Shanghai 15 - The Fairmont Peace Hotel . Along Shanghai's famous Bund, the green-domed Fairmont Peace Hotel, an iconic Shanghai landmark built from 1926-1929 by Sir Victor Sassoon, looms over the Nanjing Lu street. On the left side of the street is the Swatch Art Peace Hotel.

25. Shanghai 03. Streets are lit up with red lanterns near the Yuyuan Garden area of Shanghai not far from the Bund. Although a tourist trap, this area is a delight to the eyes, filled with all sorts of shops set in narrow lanes, a garden, and snack food including tasty dumplings. During festivals, the area is lit up with fantastic lantern displays. Definitely worth a visit.

26. Shanghai 25 - Graffiti . The creative art district in Shanghai located along Moganshan Road is also home to something not commonly seen in China or Shanghai- a profusion of vivid and colourful graffiti. Young Chinese artists have brought their own original expressions to the walls along the street. A wander through the area is delightful and not what you would expect in a country that takes a dim view of such displays.

27. Shanghai 27. The creative art district in Shanghai located along Moganshan Road is also home to something not commonly seen in China or Shanghai- a profusion of vivid and colourful graffiti. Young Chinese artists have brought their own original expressions to the walls along the street. A wander through the area is delightful and not what you would expect in a country that takes a dim view of such displays.

28. Shanghai 06 - Bright Lights on Water. The Lujiazui skyline did not begin to develop until the 1990's when Deng Xiaopeng';s economic development spurred growth. Today, the Huangpu river and skyline is lit up at night with incredible skyscrapers and the beautiful Pearl Tower.

29. Shanghai 08. Evenings in Shanghai find brightly lit tourist boats cruising the waters of the Huangpu river where tourists can catch views of the Bund to the West and the Lujiazui skyline to the East.

30. Shanghai 10. At night, the Lujiazui Skyline, with incredible skyscrapers and their ever-changing lights.

31. Shanghai 07 Huangpu Tourist River Boat . Evenings in Shanghai find brightly lit tourist boats cruising the waters of the Huangpu river where tourists can catch views of the Bund to the West and the Lujiazui skyline to the East.

32. Shanghai 04. Like many Chinese cities, Shanghai decorates itself at night in displays of lights on its buildings and along its streets. This image comes from along East Nanjing Street not far from Jin An Temple.

33. Chinese Lantern 07. These Chinese Lanterns were hung for the Lantern Festival that marks the end of the Chinese Spring Festival. Lanterns are symbolic of good fortune and happiness and are usually red. They started off relatively simple but over the centuries, Chinese lanterns have become more complicated and multi-coloured. These lanterns were hung in Yu Gardens In Shanghai.

34. Chinese Lantern 10. These Chinese Lanterns were hung for the Lantern Festival that marks the end of the Chinese Spring Festival. Lanterns are symbolic of good fortune and happiness and are usually red but not always. They started off relatively simple but over the centuries, Chinese lanterns have become more complicated and multi-coloured. These lanterns were hung in Yu Gardens In Shanghai.

35. Shanghai 43 Jing An Temple . Jing An Temple was first built in 247 AD near Suzhou Creek. It was relocated to its current location in 1216. The temple sits atop a major subway station and next to one of the busiest shopping streets in Shanghai.

36. Shanghai 45 Jing An Temple . Jing An Temple was first built in 247 AD near Suzhou Creek. It was relocated to its current location in 1216. During the cultural revolution it was turned into a plastics factory but returned to its original purpose as a Buddhist temple in 1983. Since that time it has undergone extensive renovations including the construction of a new pagoda. Within the temple is the largest jade Buddha in China at 3.8 metres.

37. Shanghai 44 Jing An Temple . Jing An Temple was first built in 247 AD near Suzhou Creek. It was relocated to its current location in 1216. During the cultural revolution it was turned into a plastics factory but returned to its original purpose as a Buddhist temple in 1983. Since that time it has undergone extensive renovations including the construction of a new pagoda. Within the temple is the largest jade Buddha in China at 3.8 metres.

38. Shanghai 47 The Paramount Ballroom. The Paramount Ballroom was built in the Art Deco style in 1933 and has had a lively history in Shanghai. It has been the largest ballroom in Shanghai, a cinema in the 1950's for Mao propaganda films, and most recently a multi-floored discotheque. It underwent a three million dollar refurbished in 2006 and most recently renovated in March of 2017.

 

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