Yangpu today

Downtown gets the wanghongs but my heart is in Yangpu.

Why I love this district of Shanghai so much, all from a ~2 hour walk today.

Living rooms extend onto the streets…

and so do shops…

It feels more relaxed, too. HEMA (盒马) delivery drivers having a lunch or waiting for their next ride.

The contrast between forlorn buildings and expensive stuff.

Yangpu has big avenues, but small alleys are more interesting.

Plus these lads. They saw I was taking photos and really wanted to be photographed as well.

Many buildings are set to be demolished. I just hope Yangpu keeps its small-town feel with independent shops when the new modern high-rises arrive.

More on disappearing Yangpu.