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Scenes of Shanghai

September 16th, 2007 . by Matt

I must admit that I was a little surprised by the scene in the recent movie “Shanghai Kiss” of Shanghai, which shows an extremely modern city with tastes of Japanese and European influences.

I think Shanghai is at the top of the list for my next overseas trip.


17 Responses to “Scenes of Shanghai”

  1. comment number 1 by: Drummer42

    I’m glad there seems to be less Korea-centric posts on here. Frankly, it was getting old, sort of like Asia-watch where clearly it was less about asia and more about Korea (and apparently how horrible every single person in that country is based on some articles about a small group of people)

  2. comment number 2 by: GarlicBreath

    Anybody who is thinking about a trip to Asia, China is full of rich history and is beautiful. I urge you to boycott corea. Just my suggestion.

  3. comment number 3 by: Drummer42

    But then again, there are those posters that are biased beyond repair. Look, I just came back from a trip to Korea and Japan and I’m planning to go to China some time soon. I had a great time in both. I’ve been to Italy, France, Belgium too and all those countries have negative and positive points. I’m sure there are negative and positive points in China as well. In fact, the more I travel, the more I realize that people are essentially the same and places are not as exotic and foreign as I first thought. I would ignore GarlicBreath’s suggestion and travel as much as possible regardless of what people post on the internet. Thats how we can get rid of ignorance and narrowmindedness.

  4. comment number 4 by: The Western Confucian

    Shanghai is amazing. I highly recommend visit.

    If you like living on the cheap and faded elegance, as I do, I recommend a stay at the Pujiang Hotel. It used to be The Astor House Hotel, dating from the foreign concession days. It’s near the river, and you’ll awake to the sounds of fog horns.

  5. comment number 5 by: alec931

    Drummer42,
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    “I would ignore GarlicBreath’s suggestion and travel as much as possible regardless of what people post on the internet. Thats how we can get rid of ignorance and narrowmindedness.”
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    I take it that you are new to this site?
    Anyway, yeah, don’t mind GarlicBreath. He’s just a lame-ass troll who’s bitter and trying to convince people that all bad things are due to Korea. Extreme envy and jealousy can make people say stupid things. Shame….. 🙁

  6. comment number 6 by: alec931

    oh, and Shanghai IS nice!

  7. comment number 7 by: GarlicBreath

    Anyway, yeah, don’t mind GarlicBreath He’s just a lame-ass troll who’s bitter and trying to convince people that all bad things are due to Korea.

    Kakaka.. all bad things are due to Corea? Never said that. That is kind of a stupid thing to say.

    Extreme envy and jealousy can make people say stupid things. blockquote>

    Oh.. now I understand.
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    I only point out the truth about corea, and that makes coreans feel…

    Shame…..

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    Yes.. shame.. and shame on you.
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    You sure are a biter lil’ guy. It does make me laugh knowing that you are obsessed with me. Man, did I ever get to you.. kakakaka.. kakakka..you have posted all over the blog with comments about me and not the topic. That is the definition of a bitter troll. Lets get back on topic lil’al.

  8. comment number 8 by: Ken

    Matt,

    Please go there to absorb up the various materials mixed air and enjoy the poisonous foods for the world and China.
    You may be swimming in the flood by collapse of the gigantic dam because the water level is going to exceed the limit on calculation.

  9. comment number 9 by: General Tiger

    It’s only modern because of the foreign influence it was under during the early 20th century.
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    Beijing would be a better indictator of China: An extremely wrecked city trying to “modernize,” filled with poison.

  10. comment number 10 by: The Overthinker

    Certainly if you confine your sightseeing to Pudong, the Bund, and Nanjing-lu, you’ll see a modern slick Shanghai. But venture off the beaten track, down the narrow alleys in the old Chinese city (easily visible on modern maps as the ring road surrounding Yuyuan gardens and market) and find another world. It’s got its middle-class areas of course, and out in the suburbs you’ll find vast tracts of identical housing for the newly-middle class, but it’s far from the posh modern city this clip suggests. Certainly interesting and well worth a visit though.

    And I’m sure you know that its history as a foreign enclave is always going to colour its cosmopolitan look. British, French, and Japanese influences still abound, in the areas they once controlled. The Shanghai City Museum, under the Orient Pearl Tourist Trap (Enjoy Great Views of Smog!) is well worth a visit for its displays and models – some lifesize – of Shanghai history. Though it stops short before the 1937 war, oddly enough, and the only mention of postwar Shanghai is a large lifesize display of poverty-stricken worker housing by the river “before Liberation”.

  11. comment number 11 by: alec931

    gorl,
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    if you can answer any one of my questions that you have shamelessly dodged, then I’ll start taking you half-seriously. 😉

  12. comment number 12 by: alec931

    gorl,
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    “Man, did I ever get to you.”
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    so, care to explain how you came to this conclusion?

  13. comment number 13 by: helical

    Kakaka..

    Odd… maybe it’s just me, but I’ve only seen Koreans use ‘k’ for laughter online.
    English is with an ‘h’ as in “hahaha” as everyone knows, and the Spanish often use ‘j’ as in “jajaja” (since, you know, the ‘j’ is pronounced like an ‘h’ in Spanish…)
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    Ah, but what am I saying.
    I think my paranoia is getting to me, since I’m sure GarlicBreath is just trying to be accomodating 😉
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    Also, what I’ve heard could be biased, but I still believe one would be well-advised to avoid China if possible after hearing all the reports of environmental apocalypse leaking through the Great Wall of Censorship.

  14. comment number 14 by: alec931

    helical,
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    “I’m sure GarlicBreath is just trying to be accomodating ;)”
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    No no no! GarlicBreath is just being retarded. That’s all 😉

  15. comment number 15 by: Aude_Sapere

    It’s hilarious how some people here, who are tirelessly trying to, for good reason, fend off unfair and/or illogical stereotypes of Korea, yet feel no qualms to engage in actions they themselves are detracting and deploring, against Beijing, Shanghai, and China.

    Have you guys even been to Beijing or Shanghai in the past year?

    Or, are you people inclined to jeer at places that are still developing, just as Korea was in the 1970s and 1980s?

  16. comment number 16 by: Aude_Sapere

    “An extremely wrecked city…filled with poison…” Right…that’s why over 7 million people are living just fine there.

  17. comment number 17 by: sleeper

    As a guy living in Shanghai, I recommend Beijing and Xi’An to the people who really want to know more about the history and special culture of China instead of Shanghai, which is kindof too modern where many westerners find it a bit like western or Japanese find it a bit like Japan or Korean find it a bit like Korean…

    People, no more racist please…
    It’s neither heaven nor the hell for any country/culture