The focus of Shanghai in 2010 is clearly on the World Expo and if you are anywhere in its vicinity during the next few months then a visit is mandatory, if only to see what all the fuss is about.
My initial idea that I would pop in for a few hours, take a quick look and get out again was blown way out of the water as soon as I laid eyes on the fantastic architecture of the pavilions. 10 hours later, exhausted with all my camera memory cards full I limped out the gates determined I would return to finish what I had started.
I didn’t actually enter any of the pavilions as queuing really is not my thing but they were a pure delight to photograph. By far my favorite was the Korean pavilion which was alluring mixture of vivid colour and stark white put together almost like something made of Lego blocks.
For those that have an interest in what lies within be prepared to queue, late afternoon and early evening saw many of the queues dissipate somewhat making the whole venture a little more bearable.
The Pudong side is where all the action is however access to the site is easy from either side with free ferry rides across the river if you enter on the Puxi side. Cheaper afternoon tickets are available for entry from 5pm meaning you can hopefully avoid the heat and crowds.
Below is a slideshow of some of my favorites for the day. To see the rest of the images click here!