Saturday, January 30, 2010

[Photo] Snowing

IMG_1528 (by changyang1230)
1/200s - f/5.6 - 50mm - ISO 200
Zhujiajiao (朱家角), Shanghai, China

I was in Shanghai for five weeks in December and January for my hospital elective works.

Elective work is basically a four-week duration in which all medical students arrange to practise in a hospital of our own liking anywhere in the world. Xuan Ni and I chose to go to Shanghai because we wanted to see some Traditional Chinese Medicine in action alongside modern medicine. Besides, Xuan Ni's cousin who lives in Shanghai has generously agreed to accommodate us for the entire duration. Since both of us have never been to China, Shanghai appealed to us as it is often touted as the most vibrant and metropolitan city in China (we will get to that part in other posts). So off we went.

This picture was taken in one of our outings in Zhujiajiao. Located at the Yangtze river delta, Zhujiajiao is one of the many canal towns near Shanghai that has been transformed into a tourist attraction. There are people who still live in the canal town community, so it's a living town and it's more authentic than some artificial versions found in other attractions. It was a wonderful experience for me as I preferred the rustic feeling of the small town to the hustle and bustle of the megacity in Shanghai proper.

This picture depicts the main canal of Zhujiajiao in a heavy snowfall. We were extremely lucky to come across snow on that day; in most years there is no snowfall around Shanghai. I shot this from a famous bridge called Fang Sheng Bridge. With a combination of a rowboat, a canal, some traditional architecture and some tinge of yellow, I hope to portray an image of China of yore, which is what Zhujiajiao is all about.