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China Shanghai Expo Ferry

11 September 2012

Expo of urban decay

In 2010, Shanghai had a giant world expo. There was much controversy as you had to line up for hours in the sun. That was until people figured out that if you turned up with a disabled person you were shown straight to the front of the queue.
Pretty soon everyone was turning up in wheelchairs, and the rule had to be changed, and genuine disabled people also had to wait in a queue.
The site is over in Pudong, every other country ripped their stuff down as soon as it was over, but China left there giant pavillion. It is however now shut.
Thats ok with me, the real interesting thing was seeing all the supporting hotels, restaurants, water front parks and amusements etc. that have fallen into a total state of disrepair, with no one at all to be seen.
On the actual expo site theres some work going on, I understand apartments will soon be built. Presumably once thats done and people move in they will fix up the water side again. At the moment you can walk in the buildings, windows are missing, furniture is still there in some cases, parks are over grown, the decking has holes in it through to the water. It was great!

It is far from everywhere, perhaps somewhat ashamed of what the site has become the subway station nearest has been closed, this doesnt defeat me though, I am happy to walk in the blazing sun.
I was however happy to find a ferry across the water, as walking back again along the same path would have been a bit boring.

China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - The China pavillion. Now closed. Yet tour busses still come to examine the closed. People still try and sell key chains and t-shirts. Perhaps they do

The China pavillion. Now closed. Yet tour busses still come to examine the closed. People still try and sell key chains and t-shirts. Perhaps they do better business now than ever, as theres not much else to do!


China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - This arena is right on top of the closed subway station. I think this still operates though, presumably they open the station only when theres an even

This arena is right on top of the closed subway station. I think this still operates though, presumably they open the station only when theres an event on.


China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - Its me in the abandoned water front area. You can see one of the holes down to the water below in the foreground. It is a spooky place being there on

Its me in the abandoned water front area. You can see one of the holes down to the water below in the foreground. It is a spooky place being there on your own, big ships going past constantly.


China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - The ferry caters pretty much just for scooters, they are not allowed to use the enormous bridge which looms large overhead.

The ferry caters pretty much just for scooters, they are not allowed to use the enormous bridge which looms large overhead.


China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - The view from the ferry was impressive. The fare to cross without a scooter, about 9 cents.

The view from the ferry was impressive. The fare to cross without a scooter, about 9 cents.


China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - The ferry captain likes to get close to big ships going past.

The ferry captain likes to get close to big ships going past.


China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - This is looking down from the central atrium of the NEW WORLD ZILAM DEPARTMENT STORE. I dont know what Zilam means.

This is looking down from the central atrium of the NEW WORLD ZILAM DEPARTMENT STORE. I dont know what Zilam means.


China-Shanghai-Expo-Ferry - My lunch, surprised? A sandwhich with the crust cut off. I was starving and this place had seats. I regretted my decision immediately after when I tur

My lunch, surprised? A sandwhich with the crust cut off. I was starving and this place had seats. I regretted my decision immediately after when I turned a corner and found 20 better choices for lunch with available seats.


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