At times it looks like Hong Kong...
...but I stayed in the beautiful Former French Concession.
It has tree-lined, bicycle-friendly streets...
...and lots of quirky restaurants.
When I was at the literary festival events, I got another look at the city.
I could see unique pockets from the Glamour Bar of M on the Bund.
The view from the Bund itself is pretty spectacular.
I didn't go up in the Pearl on this trip, but it's just an excuse to go back!
This city has a beautiful architectural history.
It's a lovely place to walk through the crisp air.
We saw another side of Shanghai in the close, character-filled lanes of one of the few remaining hutongs.
This internet cafe was right in the middle of this humble housing area.
There are all sorts of hidden gems in the hutongs, such as an eclectic pigeon coop...
...and little businesses.
These cramped little neighborhoods are being systematically torn down.
We were lucky to see the remnants of humble Shanghai life before it is entirely replaced by high-rises.
I wonder if life in the new housing projects will be preferable to this.
It must be sad to leave behind the community feeling of the hutongs.
I was happy to see one of these special neighborhoods while I could.
Back on the main street, you can see pieces of old and new Shanghai side by side.
We made our way into a food market.
Here amongst the crowds...
We found food to rival a Hong Kong street market.
All the usual suspects were there...
Some of the foods were familiar...
...and some appeared in new combinations.
I found a tub full of the biggest bullfrogs I've ever seen! I'm sure they're tasty.
We also met an adorable baby keeping an eye on the ginger.
Shanghai was full of unexpected pockets of color...
I hope I'll be able to return to this beautiful city soon.