Seemingly everyone in Shanghai converges on the historic riverfront area, called The Bund, in the afternoon and evening. Excited children run along the boardwalk. Policemen blow their whistles to keep the crowds moving. Those with SLR cameras set up tripods.
The view across the Huangpu River of the Pudong District skyscrapers is just wonderful, perfectly proportioned for photographs, certainly a top 20 experience of this gap year. In the foreground on the left, the iconic Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and in the background on the right, the Shanghai Tower, at 632 metres, the second tallest building in the world.
Then, as the sky turned black, the lights across the water created an even more amazing spectacle. But there was another show too. All along the waterfront couples were being professionally photographed. Pre-wedding images to share with family and friends.