Shanghai Railway Station
Updated landscaping near the Shanghai Railway Station
Path along Suzhou Creek
Even though we're in the middle of a very large city (Shanghai's estimated population is 24 million people), the path is peaceful and quiet, an calm oasis in the craziness that is large city life.
Gardens along the path
Partway down the river, I spot an interesting wall on the side of a building and cross the street to see what it might be.
Continental Bank Warehouse
It turns out that the Continental Bank Warehouse was the site of a four-day battle with Japanese troops in 1937. The building was recently renovated and the design of the west wall reflects the bullet holes from that battle, overlooking an outdoor memorial square.
A block or two closer to the Bund, I spot a ferris wheel peering over a building near the creek and take another slight detour from the path. The new Joy City mall has installed a ferris wheel, called the Sky Ring, on top of the mall. The Sky Ring is less than one-half the size of the London Eye, but is quite striking and offers great views of Shanghai.
Sky ring above the new Joy City mall
But, enough diversion, it's back to the path along the creek, where I'm approaching the Bund. The historic buildings and bridges near the top of the Bund serve as backdrops for commercial and wedding photography.
Photographers using the Former Union Church and Waibaidu Bridge as backdrops
And, after passing under the Waibaidu Bridge, Suzhou Creek flows into the Huangpu River and I round the corner onto the Bund, seeing the classic Shanghai sights on both sides of the river.
On the Bund