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Kite flyers in Changfeng Park

Kite flyers in Changfeng Park

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A 1930’s cattle slaughterhouse

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Inside the now disused slaughterhouse is a network of disorientating labyrinth passages that bring to mind Escher’s surrealist 3-D graphics.

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Man sells Uighur lamb shashliks, Xinjiang-style. Xinjiang Province in north western China holds one of the largest populations of Muslims in China, but there are about 50,000 Muslims in Shanghai now, and their street food is really really good.

Man sells Uighur lamb shashliks, Xinjiang-style. Xinjiang Province in north western China holds one of the largest populations of Muslims in China, but there are about 50,000 Muslims in Shanghai now, and their street food is really really good.

The durian, aka king of fruits in Southeast Asia, derives it's name from the Malay word for thorn.

The durian, aka King of Fruits in Southeast Asia, derives it’s name from the Malay word for “thorn” and look like giant hedgehogs or pufferfish. The fruit has such an unpleasant smell that it’s illegal to take onto public transport in some Asian countries – not in China though.

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The Shanghai skyline on New Years Eve 2015, moments before a stampede occurred on the waterside where over 30 people were crushed and killed.

A woman cuts fruit at the entrance of a famous food street in Shanghai, Fangbang lu.

A woman cuts fruit at the entrance of a famous food street in Shanghai, Fangbang lu.

A Chinese specialty - boiled eggs in black tea.

A Chinese specialty – boiled eggs in black tea.

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Shanghai is the most populous city in China, with a population well above 20 million.

Shanghai is the most populous city in China, with a population well above 20 million…

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But dive down one of the alleys and you will find instant peace… These old ‘shikumen’ neighbourhoods are vanishing quickly however to make room for modern high-risers.

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“Mommy, why is there a strange girl with a camera outside our house taking photos of the wall?”

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An elderly man and his makeshift garden during the Spring Festival.

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