Early September our friend Zack visited us from Australia. One of my favorite excursions with visitors coming to Shanghai is a trip into the old town, the Luwan District. Here you can still find the beating heart of real China. People live in old wooden lane houses and most of their daily life happens out on the street. Everytime I wonder through there I´m fascinated by this place which seems to stand out like it´s own little universe in this mega metropolis.
Unfortunately this "universe" is struggling to survive in the modern light of NEW Shanghai. Every day whole lanes are istructed to be pulled down in order to make room for new fancy shopping malls or compounds. With the speed construction is going on it´s only a matter of time until this part of Shanghai will be history.
So every time I go there I make sure to take my camera with me to capture as much of this life as I can whilst it is still there.. Today I invite you to come with me for a stroll during a hot afternoon in September through this amazing part of the city:
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