Thursday, April 22, 2010

The River

So, Shanghai is divided by the Huangpu River, which runs North to South. The West side of the river is older and much more dense. That's where Old Shanghai Town is located, where we went shopping. It is referred to as the Puxi (pronounced pooh-shee, not puck-see) area, and then even further west is the Hongqiao area (hong-chee-ow). The East side of the river, between the river and the China Sea, is the Pudong area. It pretty much didn't exist 20 years ago. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower was built in 1994, in what is now the Lujiazui (loo-jee-aw-zway) Financial District, and there wasn't another building in sight. So everything in Pudong has gone up since then. It is much less dense, and has a slightly more suburban feel, especially the further you get from the river. Not Orem, but not claustrophobic Puxi either! We will be living in the New Pudong area.
All these photos are from the TV tower, on the Pudong side. Neil served his mission in Gaoxiong, Taiwan, so that is why that picture here is special :)

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