Sometimes it feels like I have stepped back into time as I walk through these old forgotten alleys. A walk through these grungy streets is always filled with surprises, and most importantly unexpected encounters or finds. Though lacking many amenities, people still live here, going about their lives, brushing their teeth, hanging up laundry, chatting and chopping vegetables for dinner.
Unfortunately, as the city grows exponentially, these lanes gradually get demolished, year after year, month after month. It saddens me that the unstoppable onset of modernism in Shanghai is unable to make room for the existence of alley life. Very soon, more and more high-rise structures will invade the old city streets destroying a piece of what makes Shanghai so special.\
“An invitation of a beautiful street is an invitation to walk within a dream!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan