Shanghai Minimalism


It’s official, summer is here and everyone is on vacation. Couple that with the allure of the World Expo, friends and family are pouring into Shanghai in droves.

I love showing people around, enjoying good food and sights of what Shanghai has to offer. Some want to see New Shanghai and are endlessly dazzled by the brights lights, big city. Others want a peek at old neighborhoods after a long day of fighting crowds at the Expo site.

As for me, I’ve seen the Bund a few too many times, almost everyday in fact. I’ve memorized the outline of the city landscape from various perspectives (from both sides of the river, to and North and South of the Bund) and as they say, you can’t get too much of a good thing.

All along the Bund, teeming masses of humanity adopt a common posture: arms outstretched with a camera/phone in hand. How can you not? Dare to go home without the obligatory Shanghai skyline? Never.

But I’ve had my fill. So a little minimalism is in order. Like a tiny thumbprint in the corner of a photo.

April 2010. Taken at 5am at sunrise on the Bund.



  • Reply June 1, 2010


    Sue Anne, what’s with the 5 AM photos? Next time stay out all night until that time, instead of waking up so early — not good for health!

    • Reply June 1, 2010

      Sue Anne

      Eric! What are you talking about?! I was at El COctel till 230am and stayed up to catch the sunrise. Try it next time! 🙂

  • Reply June 2, 2010


    You need to start taking some better pictures. Getting tired of your pseudo art here.

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