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I lived in Shanghai for seven years and I was last in the city six months ago—yet downtown is already completely unrecognisable

By Mark Kitto   April 2009

Shanghai surprise

I had to make a trip to Shanghai. Although I have friends there, I try to avoid the city if at all possible. I lived in Shanghai for seven years and it was quite enough. But the tourist season is about to start and our coffee machine needed servicing. (“No, it doesn’t,” claimed my wife Joanna. “It isn’t broken yet.”)

I drove our Great Wall diesel jeep along the newest of the three highways that cross the plain from our mountains almost to the coast. This road stops in a field some 50km short of the city, so…

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