For all its glitzy modern skyline, perhaps the real jewels of Shanghai can be found at street level, away from the hustle and bustle in the captivating back alleys. And it is in these back alleys that I love to go for walks and get lost while exploring.
If you leave the main streets and wander off into the narrow lanes you will find places that are soaked with tradition and colour which offer a unique glimpse into local life.
In these narrow lanes, below masses of tangled electric wires, hanging laundry and meat hung out to dry, the slower paced life of the real people of Shanghai awaits to be discovered. It is here that I can escape the busy and hectic main streets, the crowds hurrying around and the neon lights of the modern stores.