Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Old Shanghai

Chinese business shun the new gleaming malls preferring to set up shop in little alleys. While the whole YY garden district is full of massive and new gleaming shops, the majority of business are situated in the alleys next to it. Here old Shanghai thrives, there is a whole slew of all kinds of shops and restaurants. This is what I noticed about China. The developers love to build new shops modeled after the ones we have in the West and these remain mostly empty everywhere. The locals prefer the sidewalks, the alleys and every corner. The rents are cheaper and they feel more at home.

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