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Coming and Going

09.27.10 | 4 Comments

I hope to live out my life as a series of comings and goings, which are really the same things, and this week is my time of leaving and arriving. Though my decision to leave was peppered with the guilt of leaving my job, my cutie kindergartners, and my friends, it is the right one. I have not failed at China; I have captured it to take with me. The language will live in my head, the food on my tongue, the sights in my eyes, the stench in my nose.

Below is my farewell slideshow to Shanghai, featuring pictures I took over the summer. They aren’t the Definitive Iconic Shanghai photos, but they’re a few little niblets of my life here.

Bye bye, Shanghai. We’ll hardly know each other when I return.

ni zai zheli

ni zai zheli

Shanghai as seen from the Jinmao Tower.

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Shanghai as seen from the Jinmao Tower.

Dogs mark their territory, people drop their cigarette butts.

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Dogs mark their territory, people drop their cigarette butts.

Huangpu river as seen from the Shangri-la Shanghai

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Huangpu river as seen from the Shangri-la Shanghai

Oriental Pearl Tower seen from the Jinmao tower.

pearl tower

Oriental Pearl Tower seen from the Jinmao tower.

Mundane opulence at the Shangri-la.

crystal

Mundane opulence at the Shangri-la.

The city is your trash can. This bone sat here for days.

bone

The city is your trash can. This bone sat here for days.

The well-known up-scale dumpling restaurant, Din Tai Feng.

dintaifeng

The well-known up-scale dumpling restaurant, Din Tai Feng.

Din Tai Feng's famous soup dumplngs (小笼包)

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Din Tai Feng's famous soup dumplngs (小笼包)

Cold gluten, mushrooms, and edamame at Din Tai Feng.

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Cold gluten, mushrooms, and edamame at Din Tai Feng.

The Chinese know how to make green beans, like these from Din Tai Feng, though I've had better elsewhere.

green beans

The Chinese know how to make green beans, like these from Din Tai Feng, though I've had better elsewhere.

Mediocre macaroons at weekend brunch at the Shangri-la.

macarons

Mediocre macaroons at weekend brunch at the Shangri-la.

Peanuts for sale on the the street.

peanut

Peanuts for sale on the the street.

Smiley things for sale.

the people

Smiley things for sale.

Colorful feathers for sale.

feathers

Colorful feathers for sale.

Knots for sale.

knots

Knots for sale.

Earrings on display.

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Earrings on display.

Mother and baby at Jinqiao.

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Mother and baby at Jinqiao.

Mugs for the jaded.

mugs

Mugs for the jaded.

They're watching.

camera

They're watching.

Atrium at the Jinmao tower.

atrium

Atrium at the Jinmao tower.

Boys plead for balloons at Jinqiao.

mine

Boys plead for balloons at Jinqiao.

Balloons make everyone happy, Jinqiao.

fun

Balloons make everyone happy, Jinqiao.

Storm's a-comin'.

storm

Storm's a-comin'.

The city's buildings are bigger than yours.

towrs

The city's buildings are bigger than yours.

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