Sunset at Pudong

In my First Week in Pudong report, I wrote:

After I moved to Pudong, I can see the sun set again. I can see the redish clouds on the west before the sunset. There is a long preriod of time from sunset to completely dark. This recalls the life in my home town in Luoyang. This is so common in most places in the world, but not in downtown in Puxi. It seemed to me that in Puxi, when the Sun sets, it becomes dark very soon. There is no colorful clouds after the sunset. I suspect it may because of the high buildings that blocked the view and the reflection of the remaining sunlight after sunset.

I didn’t find a chance to take the red-clouds yet, but here is a picture I took when I drove back home (I took it at a long red light, not during driving.)


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This is what I called “a long preriod of time from sunset to completely dark”.

P.S. Since I don’t have Internet access at my current temp home, this article is created offline and uploaded in a batch when I can access Internet.

Working Vertically

There is a huge construction project in Shanghai with goals to add a roof to the old residential buildings. It is called 平改坡 (or roof to slope) project.

In the 1980s, a certain type of residential buildings were built widely all around China. Below is the picture of this type of houses in Changsha in central China. These houses don’t have a sloping roof and look bad.


© Jian Shuo Wang. Ugly houses in Changsha

Unfortunately, most of the houses built in 1980s and early 1990s are the same, which were called matchbox houses.

The good news is, Shanghai government has working very hard to remodel the houses by adding a roofs to them. Below is a picture I took from the top of the Metro Tower. The red roofs of the houses were added in the recent two years.

© Jian Shuo Wang. Houses with roofs in Xujiahui

Working Vertically

Below are the scene of the construction of adding the roof. The house was surrounded by the temp frames so workers can pain the house and add the roof. I took some pictures of the interesting scene. Many works line up vertically along the wall of the house and transfer building materials from top of the house down to the ground, hand by hand.


© Jian Shuo Wang. Workers line up vertically to transfer the building materials down to ground


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It was so funny.

Shanghai Scenery Around Xujiahui

This series of picture was taken on top of the Metro Tower. It shows the buildings and parks in the Xujiahui Area – one of the central business districts in Shanghai.

Below: The Xujiahui Residential Area. In my previous article of Hand-Made Map of Shanghai, I said “Xujiahui is the most romantic area of the city.” Someone asked why? You cna se the reason in this picture – it is the peace place hidden in the tree. Despite of unstoppable construction any where in the city, the heart of the Xujiahui are still occupied by some nice houses left from the early years of the last century.

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In the picture above, you can see the Hilton Shanghai building and the Shanghai Library (the white building on the left), Regal Hotel (the tall building on the right with green glasses) and Hengshang Hotel (the lower building on the front)

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This is the scene looking eastward from Xujiahui. You can see the Oriental Pearl TV Station on the left and the Jinmao Tower on the right. They are the new land marks for the city of Shanghai

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Below: The arch in the scene is the newly constructed Lupu Bridge, crossing the Huangpu River.

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Xujiahui – Night


We had a long dinner in the Grand Gateway. It is a nice restaurant on the 5th floor of the building featuring mushroom. Very nice place to go.

At night, Xujiahui is a great place to be. I love the buildings along Huahai Road and the architectures of the Band area, but from the food perspective, Xujiahui is uncomparable. There are so many restaurants and bars in this area, which I never realized before. I tried to find somewhere to eat in the other amazing areas, then I find it is harder than in Xujiahui. – very good place!


Picture of Xujiahui at night.