Shanghai is considered the Paris of Asia. There’s a reason for this and I hope the photos and video will show that.
Notice the Chinese middle-class tourists on the boat. Study how they dress. See the cameras. And ask yourself this—if these people are so brainwashed and downtrodden, why are they out taking a cruise on the Huangpu River taking pictures as if they were visiting the Grand Canyon or New York?
See the city skyline along the river.
This is only a small portion of Shanghai.
West of the Huangpu River is Shanghai. On the east bank is Pudong–fifty years ago, this land was farm land.
Check out the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Bund in this photograph. I’ve waded through these crowds. These people are laughing, smiling, eating, taking pictures of each other, clowning around. They are having more fun than I see from most American tourists when I travel in America.
China has almost five hundred million people living in its cities. Another eight hundred million live in rural areas. There are now more Chinese surfing and Blogging on the Internet (513 million) than the entire population of the United States and there are ways to get around the censors. The average time spent on the Internet is almost three hours a day or more than 19 hours a week.
Fifteen to seventeen million people live in Shanghai.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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