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Discover the top photo spots in Shanghai
Shanghai’s heady mix of historical and hypermodern landmarks, tree-lined backstreets of the former French Concession, scattered parks and squares and traditional Chinese culture juxtaposed against breakneck economic development, makes this a city that begs to be explored camera in hand. Here photographer Oscar Tarneberg presents 25 top spots from which to capture Shanghai and its surrounds with 40+ images to inspire your visit.
The best times of year are spring and autumn. Winters are damp and cold, and the pollution is often much worse, leaving the city in a dull, colourless haze – particularly since the trees lack foliage. July and August are unbearably hot – sometimes hitting 40 degrees – and also humid. Always make sure to avoid public holidays: 1.3 billion people holidaying simultaneously puts a real strain on infrastructure and accommodation availability. During Chinese New Year in winter the largest human migration in the world takes place, and as much as 40% of Shanghai’s population leaves the city.
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