After revisiting many of our favorite places in Europe, it's time to move to the other side of the world for a while and view some of our favorite places in Asia. Right at the top of the list is Shanghai, initially for business trips, later for pleasure. Shanghai is a city of about 25 million people that is constantly reinventing itself.
Every time I return, there is something new and something old and familiar is gone. I try to explore a new area of Shanghai each trip and also revisit some of the areas I’ve enjoyed wandering through before just to see what has changed in the months since I’ve been here.
I walk in a big circle to the lower part of the Bund, near the elegant Nanpu Bridge, wandering through areas where I am clearly the only foreigner and I get a few curious looks from people wondering why I’m marching through their neighborhood. But, mostly, they are rushing off to work themselves.
As I walk through Shanghai, I dodge the scooters and bicycles on the streets and on the sidewalks. It's a great way to get around, but parking does take up space and when a scooter comes down the sidewalk toward you, getting out of the way is the safest approach.
Getting to the end of Lujiabang Road, I approach the Nanpu Bridge and the Huangpu River. In the park just before the bridge, people are at their morning activities, playing badminton, exercising, and just enjoying the day.
All along the road are parks, tiny oases of calm scattered around the city. In the morning people are walking, exercising and just meeting with friends.