Shanghai’s Pudong District Along the Huangpu: Source
I love being on an airplane. The anticipation of going anywhere new, interesting, or favored makes me all giddy like a child. That’s why I decided to start sharing with you some of the places I love or simply want to visit greatly, both as a reminder to myself and for anyone who has any interest in it themselves.
China has been a part of my life for quite some time now. I had the opportunity to travel there as a child and when I started school, I had the opportunity to study Mandarin there for one year. Many of the people in my life don’t quite understand why I love it so much and often times, I find it very difficult to verbalize my feelings towards it. My memories of it are fond and filled with nostalgia and knowing that you can’t live the same memory twice makes it a bit difficult to absorb.
With that being said, why the hell should you go there? The answer: many reasons. The richness of the culture for one. Never have I had the opportunity to be surrounded by people so generous, interested, and welcoming. People, obviously, are the biggest component of any culture. Their gestures and smiles are a massive reflection of character, making or breaking the experience of where you are. China embodies these physical and emotional gestures, adding to the uniqueness of a centuries old culture rushing into a modern world.
One of my favorite things about any culture though happens to be food. This is totally ironic because I am the simplest eater I know. I can eat a bagel for every meal the rest of my life and you probably won’t be hearing much complaining from me. China and cities like Shanghai make this simple for me, because 95% of the time, you’ll really hit the jack pot with dumpling or soup.
The glamour of Shanghai is really unspeakable. Some would call it dirty or musky, but it is truly beautiful. The architecture bears on ode to history and cultural differences and the skyscrapers that tower over the 100 year old housing complexes add contrast to the dynamic nature of a changing city. Boats on the Huangpu River display 30 foot advertisements demonstrating that China and it’s pearl, Shanghai, have what it takes to keep up with a rapidly changing world. That’s what I love about Shanghai, it changes so quickly, forces you to adapt, and for the most part, you end up even better than before.
I’m most excited about the future of it. The world and its industries are starting to recognize that this is the place, this is especially true for the fashion industry. The CFDA is merging American fashion with Chinese fashion, and in 2010, Karl Lagerfeld went so far as to throw a runway on the Great Wall for Fendi. Shanghai is a business mecca, and with all it has to offer, it will continue to be for a long time to come.
All I can really say, is that I cannot wait to be a part of all the old stuff, and all that new stuff again someday.