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Shanghai’s massive river is a disappointment in virtually all aspects except tourist photographs. Unless you’re overpaying for a cruise, jostling with the blue collars for pole position on the scooter-ferry or in the market for a laserlaser it’s barely worth mentioning.

There’s hope, however, in the work they’re putting into the north-side stretch that runs from the Lupu bridge westwards to below Xujiahui. It features a promising embankment of smooth walkways a freshly poured skate park, climbing wall and some pretty awesome disused processing silos.

Odds of them becoming a feature vs levelled for housing? I’m saying 5:55.

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