I was born and bred in Shanghai, the capital of commerce and finance of China, a city that has changed tremendously over the years.
Despite its humble beginning, Shanghai had always been and is still the window of China to the world. Huangpu River runs through the city and splits it to two distinctive parts, the rice paddies on the east side have given ways to the skyscrapers featured in the latest 007 movie Skyfall, while the west side of the river continues to charm tourists with its European styles architectures and colorful stories from the early 1900.
Ferry was the only means of river crossing until 1970, now there are 12 under river tunnels, 5 bridges, and 1 metro line connecting the two sides of Huangpu River.
I took this picture from a hotel restaurant located on 56th floor on an overcast summer day. Outside the window the river runs towards East Sea and cargo vessels travelled with various goods – an every day scene has carried on for centuries. A bridge is standing around the river bend. ‘The Oriental Pearl’, the highest TV tower in the Far East and the world’s third, appeared through its reflection on the tinted glass, together with another skyscraper under construction.
All these in one frame, the past, the present, and the future of my beloved Shanghai, my window to and of the world. You can’t beat that.