Shanghai Architecture

April 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

When I say Chinese architecture, do you envision the ancient temples with the distinct roof structure and clay shingles?  Before I went to Shanghai, I expected this would be the normal building:

Shanghai Architecture

Instead, I didn’t see any major architectural themes in Shanghai.  It seemed my assumption might have been true in the past, but over the last few centuries Shanghai seems to have lost it’s identity to the influence of Western cultures.  Now, I could drop you in most places in Shanghai and it could pass for Chicago or even Dallas.  If not for the signs written in Chinese, I might not have believed we were even there!  Apparently, Beijing has much more of the traditional Chinese architecture.

Here are some examples of the modern architecture:

Shanghai Architecture

Shanghai Architecture
Then only place I found the traditional architecture is in a historic part of the city that was a former palace.  I like the bottom picture where you can see the old with the new in the background.

Shanghai Architecture

Shanghai Architecture

 

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