A weekend trip to Shanghai: Gavin Vine, China – April 2017


我来中国之前列出一个我在中国想去地方的清单,清单上大多数地方是有美丽的风景,可是也有一个城市、我从小一直想去的城市- 上海。 因此,几个星期前的一个周末,我决定自己去亲眼看这个我想象中的城市。我在上海最清晰的记忆是我晚上刚刚到市中心、下地铁的时候。我从地铁站出口走出来,进去一个明显洋气的街道。周边建筑物装饰艺术的风格,很窄的公路都让我想到我在欧洲去过的一些地方。 但是,我走去酒店的时候,远处闪烁的灯光越来越清楚,我看见灯都在一个形式奇异的楼上。我转过街角,在很旧的建筑物之间看到了宏伟的东方明珠。 那时候我知道上海真是一个独一无二的城市。

Shanghai skyline

Shanghai skyline


Before I came to China, I made a list of all the places I wanted to visit in the country. Most of the places were beautiful scenic areas I had seen pictures of in magazines, but there was also a city on my list. This was a city I had wanted to go to ever since I was a child – the city of Shanghai. With this in mind, a few weeks ago I decided to travel alone to Shanghai and see for myself what I had imagined to be a futuristic mega city. My most vivid memory of Shanghai is when I first arrived in the city centre in the early evening. I walked out of the subway station and on to a street with a distinctly foreign atmosphere. The art deco style buildings around me, along with the narrow streets, reminded me of places I had been in Europe. As I walked towards my hotel, the distant glittering lights became clearer and clearer, I realized they were coming from an unusual, otherworldly building. I turned a corner and between the old buildings lining the street in front of me, I could make out the figure of the magnificent Oriental Pearl Tower. It was then that I realized Shanghai really was the unique city I had dreamed about visiting. It most certainly was unlike any other city I had visited in China, it’s reputation as China’s most international city was undoubtedly clear to see. It left a lasting impression on me and I know if I were ever to return to China to live and work, Shanghai would be the place I’d want to go.

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