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Remembering My Visit
During this period of lockdown and quarantine, my mind wanders to past trips. One of my favorite finds in China was one of the many “ghost cities” though as you’ll find, it’s not really an accurate nomenclature. I look forward to returning to see more of them soon but for now, this will have to do.
Build It And They Will Come
Small museum??? Seriously? That’s a church dude.
It wasn’t very long ago ( maybe 30 years, a bit more) that one could stand on The Bund and gaze across at the open fields of Pudong.
It’s more than a bit ironic that, having torn down large parts of the original European concession zones, there is now an interest if not a nostalgia for such things.
The real ‘ghost’ towns are not like these, but rather never-ending rows of soulless high rises, mostly apartments in the style of Singapore public housing.
20+ years ago one stood on the Bund and saw nothing but shaky hi-rises clad in flimsy bamboo scaffolding shooting up out of the Pu Dong mud, the view dominated by that hideously-ugly Pearl TV Tower.
I haven’t been back since 1999 but I can’t imagine it’s any less crowded and filthy.
We long for buildings and cities built to the human scale, as can be seen here. No one would go to a CBD, surrounded by skyscapers to have their wedding photos taken. Cities built for walking and with aesthetically pleasing buildings are what we’re attracted to, even subconsciously.