Taxi's are cheap. the drivers would scare any US drivers...get you there quick though...
Shanghai central University has an excellent darkroom
Foot massages are about $6 USD. Awesome after a day on the streets
KE Art Center - http://www.kecenter.org.cn/en/aboutus.html
If you can get out of the city, the water villages are quite unique (Wu Zhen)
Im also going to be in Shanghai late feb. Send me a PM.
Originally Posted by arigram
Taxis are a good choice in Shanghai but i would get someone to write down some addresses in Chinese for the places you go often. I would also buy a prepaid mobile number so you can call up a friend/contact who speaks chinese and can translate for you in case you get seriously lost or something. In my experience, very few people speak any English although most will try to be helpful.
I am packing and getting ready to go...
(decided to go with film again... hard headed...)
Enjoy the journey!
Seconded. And in case you need something to listen to on the road, here's the song that always gets caught in my head when travelling there:
Originally Posted by MattKing
(public domain MP3, from an Edison cylinder so the sound quality is a bit rough).
The lyrics are somewhat racist by modern standards, but it's still a well-executed piece of songwriting, and in 1917 I'm sure it sounded completely innocuous.
Ok, guys, I've been about a month here now.
I really love Shanghai!
And I have yet to experience most of it!
But I live next to the university in a good neighborhood, I've made friends (including two Chinese who speak greek), I've bought a bicycle and connected with the local cyclists, I been in many restaurants and had a hint of the bar scene.
I am learning the language and next week I also start calligraphy , painting and taijiquan. I am also looking for a ballet school and possibly a wing chun school if I manage my time well.
I have been taking photos, but they are snapshots of little things, with my cell phone mostly.
I haven't really used the Rolleiflex and the Holga I brought with me as I am waiting for a more peaceful mind when I have everything better organized.
I met with Kal Khogali and Derek Xu and we had a blast! Looking forward to seeing them again!
So, if anyone else happens to be around and want to meet, don't hesitate to send me a message.