Do you know the game of musical chairs? This is the game in which several people stupid revolve around several chairs at the sound of lively music. As soon as the music stops, all participants must rush to sit as soon as possible. Knowing that there are fewer chairs as participants, it is the battle when the sound stops.
A game of the non-competitive version in one of its final stages (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Now that you have read the rules, imagine they are applied in everyday life in Shanghai.
Every day, without really realizing it, I partipe the game of the chair. Whether at the supermarket, mail or even better in transit (besides this place is even worse) I “play” or rather I am forced to play musical chairs.
Few days ago, I was sitting quietly in the subway when arrived at the station as soon as the doors opened a grandmother was violently precipitated on the first place in order, unfortunately it was grilled by a few centimeters happy young man have doubled this high level competitor. And yet the story does not arrêtât there in a few microseconds super granny like a rocket precipitate on any other in sight. It was good. You could see the joy on his face that he had not completely lost the battle.
Nanjing Road pedestrian mall, perhaps the busiest retail street in the city, in the pre-merger Huangpu district (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I really regretted not having a camera on me because the scene was to piss laughing.
Yes, Shanghai is fierce competition in the game of musical chairs, in addition, not need music to motivate Shanghainese.
Taikang read is like a small village “preserved”, a place where modernity has not yet pierced the walls … almost.
English: The Xintiandi area in Shanghai, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Taikang read is a very small area where there are still many Shanghainese Chinese under semi-dilapidated … ahem I mean “old.” The particularity of the place is the fact that in recent years many artists have decided to take their neighborhoods within the village and began to open studios, galleries and outlets. They were soon joined by many restaurants. This little microcosm that was not initially argued a lot in a few years became a place very attractive touristically and therefore financially. Now the people who live in this unusual place suddenly became the priority apartments worth a small fortune (even if they are falling apart). Everyone is struggling to get the latest free slots. Who would have bet on the success of such a neighborhood? Like what, sometimes it is the spontaneity and ownership that create dynamic sites.
Taikang Lanes (Photo credit: HKmPUA)
It is pleasant to read Taikang is social diversity, functional diversity and authenticity especially the place that has not undergone little renovation. This is a very nice area to visit (the workplace culture mixed with contemporary art and craft shops), and when you take a little hungry, you can choose among many different restaurants and culinary knowledge they offer.
He reigns in Taikang read a kind of osmosis between residents, restaurateurs and artists sores. This is a real neighborhood, still alive as opposed to Xintiandi (another historic district) is a district just became sterile, very expensive (even a coke costs an eye), where you feel most people coming to to show that to enjoy the place and its architecture.
You’ll understand I much prefer Taikang read even though I appreciate the architectural quality of the renovation of Xintiandi. My heart outweighs my reason