Tag Archives: Shanghai

iimbsd: come jogging with me

Some time ago I adopted the pedestrianism label for my approach to running. Now I’m finally ready to advertise myself as a running guide for exploring Shanghai I’m reconsidering. Why go for a big word when there is a small one, … Continue reading

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visualizing Shanghai

In a recent post I embedded a great visual about Shanghai. That was just the latest of the videos about this amazing city. Most of those are (sort of) contemporary. The exception being a 1973 documentary. Just learned about this … Continue reading

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illustrating the endless diversity of cityscapes

One may argue that the most difficult aspect to notice is that which is all and ever present (the fish and water argument). Luckily, I’ve been living in big cities not long enough to run a risk of taking them that … Continue reading

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riverfronts, the good, the bad and the ugly

Rivers are redeeming features for any city. I’ve lived in quite a few that are mostly or partly defined by their rivers and haven’t come across any for which their riverfront was a total negative. However, what cities do with … Continue reading

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booming Shanghai

The China blog of the Asia Society just published a piece on the Dramatic Urbanization in China Over Decades. This is a partial reblog. Twenty-six years ago, only 26 percent of the Chinese population lived in urban areas. Since then, China’s urbanization … Continue reading

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city of art

Looking for a destination for my recovery run on the only day this week that is predicted to be dry I decided upon the Power Station of Art. Had seen the building several times already and ran past it during last … Continue reading

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Shanghai marathon, age-grading and minimal shoes

Ran the Shanghai marathon today.

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Running Shanghai: a great route through old industrial neighborhoods, upper middle class residential areas and the financial district

By now, I have logged quite a few Shanghai routes on my everytrail page. So its time to start sharing a couple more ( for others: check out this category tag) on my blog. Specifically routes that substantiate in various ways my … Continue reading

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Going for green and off-pavement running in Shanghai’s Pudong district

Finding green spaces and non-paved surfaces in Shanghai is a challenge. I live across the river (Pudong, East of the Pu river) from the old city (Puxi ,West…) and even there, in what was fields among villages only a bit … Continue reading

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Shanghai through the lens of Tim Franco and others

Forgot where I came across a Tim Franco reference/link but it must have been about his Metamorpolis project in which he documents the rise of Chongqing, the world’s fastest growing and least known metropolis. Mr. Franco is based in Shanghai, and has … Continue reading

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Shanghai ambitions

Two documentaries. Yes, the commentaries have that obnoxious Discovery Channel intonation (the future, if we have one, is going ridicule it), but anyone interested in a feel for the scale of Shanghai ambitions and the resources  put into their realization will … Continue reading

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reblogging Shanghai 1973

A piece in That’s Magazine: Pollution is not yet a major problem but China’s planners aren’t ignoring it – they can’t. These are the tragicomically wrong words of an American film crew visiting Shanghai in 1973 – two years after … Continue reading

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exceptional artist in an exceptional space

We read about the Rockbund Art Museum, and its current exhibition of Shanghai inspired work of LA based artist Mark Bradford. The pics I saw and the accompanying story about this contemporary art space, open since 2010, and located behind the Bund, … Continue reading

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urban running trends

I pontificate on trail trends, self-define as a trail runner, but for quite a while now have spend nearly all my time in mega urban environments. So with the occasional exception of a holiday or work trip run all of … Continue reading

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city air

When I look out of my window, this time of year, it’s way too often a grey haze. So Jia Zhangke‘s short video hits home.

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why I run?

No, I wouldn’t write about this again if it weren’t for a good reason. The reason being that I entered an essay contest by Geoff Roes to come up with a response to the seemingly unanswerable (he’s got that right)  ‘what’s the … Continue reading

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walking more of Shanghai

I’ve written more than enough about making an environment your own by exploring it on foot, and will not add to that. But underlying all the blabbering is my experience that it’s fun to be out in fascinating cityscapes. The juxtapositions, … Continue reading

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more jetting around my expat universe

In a way, the jetting never stopped. From Cambodia, I went to The Netherlands with a short stop-over in Cairo. Apart from a short visit to the UK, that was it for July, then in August relocation to Pudong, Shanghai. … Continue reading

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practical thoughts about running Shanghai

When I had just arrived I summarized my beginners knowledge and impressions about Shanghai as a running location. My first long run followed soon after and I’ve now been around long enough to frame some ambitions for my city explorations. … Continue reading

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why run a landscape? part one

When reflecting on trailrunning, the kind of running I’ve pondered about most till date, I’ve focused on my motivation for hitting the trails, but never really addressed the fundamental question of why one would want to run a landscape in the first … Continue reading

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environments as palimpsests

The title of this post pays homage to the writer and photographer, Teju Cole, whom I just came across in my daily grazing of the digital pastures I use to hook up with the rest of the world (here for another, running-related … Continue reading

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Shanghai, citytrails, and going a bit beyond marathon distance

My new home town has great potential for pedestrian exploration. Looking at running as a mode of environmental exploration, as opposed to exercise, competition, or self-discovery (well, ‘opposed to’…nothing is ever not part of the package, but focus does matter) … Continue reading

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running Shanghai

Two weeks in Pudong and Shanghai have made me quite optimistic about my running here. I live in Pudong, the greener, newer, modernist, less exotic twin across-the-river from Shanghai (Puxi). The sidewalks are broad, and often shaded, and separated from … Continue reading

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walking Shanghai

Shanghai, like any metropolis has many different faces. Marjan and I spent the day walking, exploring some of the green on the Pudong side, a bit of old (Chinese, not the concession area) Shanghai, ending on People’s square, in the … Continue reading

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mellow Shanghai, so different from Cairo?

My first impressions of Shanghai focused on the build environment. I didn’t mention another distinct impression, equally based on where I come from, but more immediate. Even walking the incredibly busy Pearl Tower area of Lujiazui, and the central shopping … Continue reading

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