No matter whether you are a dandy or a vagrant, whether a church mouse or always the center of attention, when you come to Shanghai, even if you lock yourself in solitary confinement, you can’t help but be infected by the city’s unique bourgeois spirit. So if you like Shanghai and you’re feeling a little rebellious, take a look at the following text; it’ll warm you up and help you ease into Shanghai’s vacuous lifestyle.
[Take a walk on Hengshan Rd] World-famous Hengshan Rd is at it’s most beautiful in the evening and at night. At that time, Chinese lamps are hung, and pedestrians are few; as you walk along the broad sycamore-lined avenue, your view is filled with colonial manors, historic churches, street-corner parks and private gardens, and finally bars and coffee shops scattered about along the way. Everything is draped with an enchanting excitement, as if you’re body had been carried away to a peaceful fairyland.
It goes on with other vacuous things like: Give your eyes a treat at Xiangyang Rd; Pocket some DVDs at Zixi Rd; Take a date to Häagen-Dazs; Meet at the entrance to Parkson’s; Karaoke at Cashbox; Book hunt at a Jifeng Bookstore; Cultivate refinement at the Shanghai Museum; Search for inspiration at Ikea; Listen to music at M-box …
It goes on from there. He’s not done translating it yet.
Photo from sunnyberyl.livedoor.biz.