A Ride through Nanjing Road, Shanghai

A Ride through Nanjing Road, Shanghai. Nanjing Road (南京路 Nánjīnglù) is Shanghai’s main shopping street, and one of the most hectic ones we’ve ever seen. It’s also a long stretch so they have little sponsored trains to ride you back and forth on this shopping street. That’s what we filmed for you, the view we had in the 5 minute ride.

Dior at the MOCA Shanghai

The MOCA Shanghai has a marvelous exhibition on couturier Dior. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai shows an overview of the work of the house of Dior from beginning through the collection for winter 2012. Showcased in 9 separate theme rooms such as; J’adore, Pink, Paris, The Look, Versailles, Garden, Artist, Studio and Stars. The rooms are divided by large walls with photo’s portraying the theme. All the photo’s in this exhibition are made by Patrick Demachelier. Florence Müller curated the exhibition. Bonus is on the ground floor where you can find the Dior Studio in which the some of the House of Dior staff show their craft. We’ve met a seamstresses who’s been working for Dior for over twenty years, we were in awe…….Esprit Dior is on show through November 10th 2013

How to get married in Shanghai

One fine day in the week-end during a stroll in the Peoples Park we found out how to get married in Shanghai. Or rather, one of the ways to get married. To speed up the process of marriage, parents advertise their kid’s. They line up their umbrella’s with an attached contact ad. These ad’s are simply stating the height, job, housing, car etc. or whatever their offspring has to offer, below that information is stated what they need in return for their child. Young Chinese have little time for play, they spend most of the time studying, that’s why the parents feel the need to help and find a partner. The children are nowhere to be seen at the park (they rather visit the mall in the little spare time they have) it feels like a meeting place for the parents as well, you see them browsing and chatting to each other in a friendly and relaxed way. Setting up dates for their children. We were told that if the date doesn’t work out, it’s fine, mom and dad will search for another date on the marriage market

Married in Shanghai

When you get Married in Shanghai you have to take wedding pictures. We know this for a fact because we took all the pictures below in one evening stroll along The Bund, with it’s magnificent view. Most of the brides wear red dresses which are probably hired, you can see at the back that they don’t always fit; their are either laced up or pinned down, that doesn’t matter it won’t show on the pictures. The photographers are mostly young hipster guys who direct the couple in a severe way, even putting fingers in the right pose, they all have an assistant. It’s really crowded with newly weds getting their picture taken, some very happy and some uncomfortable. Either way it’s a very important day for everybody.