Shanghai, first impressions

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One month since my arrival to China. An intense period of 4 weeks holding my new role as Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design at DeTao Academy-Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts. I have spent most of my time in the university sector of Songjiang, a massive concentration of universities and related services in the southwest of Shanghai.

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I have managed to visit the Bund and the Former French Concession, and had the chance to visit the Huangshan mountains (six hours by bus), and Hong Kong for a couple of days. Three things have jumped out. One is the relationship of the city with bodies of water; canals and rivers are combined everywhere with the shape of the city. The second aspect is the efficiency and interconnectivity of public transport. This makes Shanghai a truly, competitive global city. Finally, I have witnessed the power of thousands of young university students walking and cycling every morning in the district of Songjiang. Water, transport, and education. This is the beginning of my time in China.

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