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Do You Wanna Get High?

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 building, I thought it would be fun to reverse the effect by taking some photos from the top down. So that’s what today’s photo exercise is all about.

Looking Down On Shanghai

In America, shopping malls tend to be big sprawling things, surrounded by vast acres of parking lots. In Shanghai, shopping malls reach for the sky. There seem to be hundreds of them, hidden inside what at first glance appear to be office buildings.

Head inside though, and you’ll be confronted with shining marble floors, chrome bannisters, and a dizzying array of shops and restaurants.

Cloud 9 Mall in Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Cloud 9 Mall in Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

In a mall like this, elevators are your friend. Taking escalators up nine or ten floors could take all day.

Endless escalators at Cloud 9 Mall in Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Endless escalators at Cloud 9 Mall in Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Malls tend to contain everything you need for daily life, including grocery stores, restaurants, and movie theatres.

Modern apartment dwellers can go from their apartment block, to the metro, to an all-in-one shopping mall almost without setting foot outdoors.

Apartment block in Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Apartment block in Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

On a cold rainy day like today, that’s a blessing.

Two dry, Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Two dry, Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Brightening a rainy day, Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Brightening a rainy day, Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Even so, everyone owns an umbrella, making those short outdoor jaunts a little more comfortable.

Rainy day, Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

Rainy day, Shanghai, Up High photography exercise.

With no umbrella of my own, I think I might just stay inside and enjoy the view from way up high.  

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