From Beijing to Bali by bike. Right now we are in China.
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In which we document the joys and trials of travelling by bike.
8,008 km so far. My continuing obsession with shikumen houses was fed today by a visit to the hipster-tourist shopping district of Tianzifang. This is the less polished counterpart to Xintiandi. While Xintiandi is all sterile chain stores housed in immaculate rebuilds of the old shikumen, Tianzifang squeezes its tiny…
The more I wander around the back streets of Shanghai, the more obsessed I become by shikumen, the low townhouses that used to stand throughout central Shanghai. The ones that still exist are abuzz with the sounds and smells of life being lived. Old women chop garlic in the longtan…
8,008 km so far. Shanghai used to be a city of long alleys lined with low townhouses called shikumen, each rising only two or three stories. These days though, architecture in Shanghai is all about looking up. Waaaay up. Since we’re currently staying on the 21st floor of an apartment…