Shanghainese shelter

When I mention to friends and colleagues I've been living in Shanghai 3 years ago, the first reaction is: 'Oh really? What's like to live in Shanghai?'. 

It's definitely not easy to sum up with few words what's like to live in China. I realise the first memories that surface my mind are about the flat I used to live in (which describe some parts of my experience there).  Back in 2010 I settled in the French Concession, arguably one of the prettiest neighbourhood in Shanghai. I lived on the top floor of a 3 storey old french building at 899 Huai Hai Zhong Lu, in the heart of one of the biggest and busiest city in the world, still the quietest flat that I've ever lived in.

 899 Huai Zhong Lu, Courtyard.

899 Huai Zhong Lu, Courtyard.

 Building entrance, bicycle.

Building entrance, bicycle.

 Living, on white day.

Living, on white day.

 Window on a bright day. Photo by Francesca Galluzzo.

Window on a bright day. Photo by Francesca Galluzzo.

 Bathroom view. Photo by Francesca Galluzzo.

Bathroom view. Photo by Francesca Galluzzo.

 Bedroom, dresser.

Bedroom, dresser.

 Breakfast table.

Breakfast table.

 Switch detail. Photo by Francesca Galluzzo.

Switch detail. Photo by Francesca Galluzzo.

 Flora.

Flora.

 The last sunset before living for good.

The last sunset before living for good.

 Staircase.

Staircase.