The annual family trip of 2012 took place in China this year. At the end of July, we set off for Shanghai where we were part of a tour that took us to different cities in eastern China, ending in Shanghai again.
Although I knew that Shanghai is the biggest city in China and perhaps also the most developed, I still arrived in the city with certain perceptions. I think I almost expected to see rickshaws and women in traditional clothes. I mentally visualized Shanghai in a black and white film. So, perhaps it was the full force of the city that it is today — modern at times, traditionally Chinese at others — that has still left a strange impression on me. I’m in awe of the old city that still exists and a little put off by the new city that sometimes suppresses the old. Then there are those moments that the old and the new seem to contrast each other and bring out the beauty in both.