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I've been posting some shots of working people in Shanghai, the little people doing their little jobs, all small parts of that gigantic machine that is China. This is the 'wider picture', the new city on the other side of the river, where a mere 10 years ago was...well, virtually nothing, actually.

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here are some personal thoughts on the location...

SHANGHAI, which means 'onto the sea'(上海), has always been China's most modern city and traditionally in China it has also been the city most orientated towards the west.
(orient...west...haha, get it?)

At times being referred to as the whore of the far east, then again being lauded as the most dynamic place on earth. Shanghai can be both, and often has been both.

The population of Shanghai has recently been estimated at about 20 million, including some 6 or 7 million migrant labourers, give or take a few.

After years of communist-inspired ascetism, Shanghai has now shed off its Mao vest for good and boldly goes where no Chinese city has ever gone before. The eyeliners are out and drinks will be served to all who can afford it.

As Deng Xiaoping said, it is no longer always a bad thing to try and be rich in the People's Republic. But it's a hard life, it's a hard life, it's a very hard life, it's a hard life where ever you go.

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THIS PICTURE was taken in between daiquiri's from one of the fancy bars on the old Bund and shows the Pudong riverfront.

The tallest buildings near the middle of the shot are:
- the Jin Mao Tower (literally "Golden Prosperity Building"), 481m
- the Shanghai World Financial Center, currently the highest building in Shanghai, 492m

Some fun facts
The former has 88 floors, which is the lucky number in China (remember the Olympics beginning at 8/8?), the latter is sometimes referred to a the giant corkscrew, which I kind of like.

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