A lot of time when you think about Shanghai, you expect things to all be modern and new. My last post on Pudong goes to show how far China has come in the last twenty-five years. However, as you step away from the famous Bund and Pudong districts, you are suddenly back in the thick of real, live China.
We spent our time in Shanghai on foot and never took a cab once except for the hired driver we used to visit a nearby water village. The hotel staff seemed aghast that we were walking everywhere and always recommended a cab wherever we were going, short or far. But I believe to really see and experience a place, you have to do it on foot.
After a few week of walking around Beijing and Shanghai, I had the infamous “Peking knees” from the rough concrete and my lungs…
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