Shanghai skyline

Shanghai skyline

The skyline of Shanghai is one of the most impressive in the world. Massive skyscrapers and unique architecture on a sweeping corner of the Huangpu River. This is the Pudong area of the city from the Bund. Having shown many friends and family my collection of Shanghai photos. This black and white version of the skyline has been popular. The increased contrast and monochrome processing makes it seem very futuristic. I prefer my colour version taken at dusk.

Huxinting Teahouse at Yu Garden

Huxinting Teahouse at Yu Garden

The Huxinting Teahouse is one of the central features of the Yu Gardens in the Old City. To the left is the zigzag Bridge of Nine Turnings. This bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Shanghai. It was impossible to get a clear view of the whole bridge without being higher up. Either from a drone or nearby building, neither of which I had access to. Visiting the gardens was the first thing I did on my first visit to China a few weeks ago. With a 24 hour stopover in the city, I went straight to the gardens early on a Saturday morning. It was very crowded, as expected.

Maglev Train Shanghai

Maglev Train Shanghai

This is the world’s fastest commercial electric train. Taking me from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Station in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. This 30.5km (18.9 miles) journey meant this train topped out at a speed of 431km/h (268mph). Certainly the fastest I have ever travelled on land. I tried to take photos from the train but most of my shots were blurred. Travelling on the train it felt like a pretty normal high-speed train. Apart from when it banked around corners and the loud noise when another train going in the opposite direction blasted past.

Otaki Kite Festival

Otaki Kite Festival

Having missed the kite festival at Otaki Beach for the last few years, I was happy to finally get there. There were kites of all different types. With kite clubs coming from around the country. Even a demonstration from a team that had come over from Australia. These inflatables were the highlight. In this photograph, I tried to capture the variety. Standing ankle deep in the surf to get some reflections in the foreground.