St. Ignatius Cathedral
Constructed between 1906 and 1910, St. Ignatius Cathderal was named after St. Ignatius Loyala, founder of the Jesuits. It has a red-brick exterior and a main hall dominated by rows of arched arcades and Corinthian columns. It is now the largest church in Shanghai, and entry is free. The cathedral is located in Xujiahui (nearest metro: Xujiahui), somewhat marooned amongst the shopping malls and apartments of this busy area.
AVOID traveling by train around or during the the Chinese New Year, May Holiday (May 1 - 7) and October Holiday (Oct 1 - 7). I am sure you will be squeezed into a meat patty!~!
Generally I don't recommend taking train in China. No online system for ticket booking, not comfortable (dirty and crowded). For short distant ride may be ok, but for longer distant, you will also find the restroom very terrible too.
When you are planning to go to the surrounding cities (e.g. Hangzhou, Nanjing), take the train whose number starts with "D". Those are the fast bullet head train. It is not just faster, but also a lot comfier and cleaner.
Orient Pearl TV Tower
This unique architecture is located at the Pudong park in Lujiazui. Its 468 meters high and its the world's third tallest tv and radio tower. We didnt go up to the highest sphere, went to the space module instead( the second lower sphere). Greeaaaat View of Shanghai city!
tickets: 50 yuan for the upper sphere and 100 yuan for the space module
This building is also known as Sassoon House which housed the former Cathay Hotel, built in 1929 by Sir Victor Sassoon. It was once the tallest building in Shanghai and is famous for its jazz band in its cafe. The top floor originally housed Sassoon's private apartment.
Shanghai Street Scenes
The yellow sidewalk tiles with the raised bumps are for the blind.
"Coping with the summer heat & humidity"
This picture was taken around 2:40pm on 28-July-01, which was the hottest part of the day.
It seemed that most workers coped with the heat by taking a siesta from 11am to 5pm.
Here's some more workers, relaxing during the mid-day heat.
"Natural clothes dryer"
I guess they don't sell many clothe dryers in China since the preferred way to dry clothes is to hang them out the window to dry.
"A homeless person?"
This picture was taken around 2am on 4-August-01, on a fairly busy street.
For several nights, I noticed this boy and what appeared to be his father sleeping on the same streets corner At first I thought they might be homeless.
However, on this particular night I walked around different areas and saw atleast two (2) other people sleeping on cots that were placed on the sidewalk. So perhaps it was cooler outside than inside so that's why they slept outdoors.
I figured I'd take this boy's picture instead of the other men I saw sleeping because he was smaller than me. So if I woke him up, I don't think he'd start a fight. Even though I used a flash, this kid sleep right on through