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Shanghainese get out to see their own town

More than 390 Shanghainese took the city’s hop-on and hop-off bus yesterday to visit iconic attractions despite the rain.

In 10 groups, they visited Xintiandi, Yuyuan Garden Mall, the Bund and the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall.

These places were filled with out-of-town tourists and foreign travelers before the novel coronavirus outbreak. The majority of visitors are now locals.

The tours have been organized by Shanghai Spring Tour to let locals experience the splendor of their city with the arrival of spring.

Many of the group members followed tour guides to listen to the stories behind Shanghai’s history, landscape and architecture.

“Shanghai’s spring is so beautiful with pink cherry blossoms and white magnolia,” said photographer Cao Jubo. “On the Bund, we can appreciate both the modern skyscrapers in the Pudong New Area and the Western-style architecture in Puxi, which pose a beautiful picturesque landscape.”

“I like capturing the city’s changes via the lens, and it is a special spring and a special tour,” he said.

“Sitting on the upper deck of the sightseeing bus provides a different angle to view the Bund and the Huangpu River, and the tranquil landscape with people wearing masks is a memorable scene.”

Wang Hua, a visitor, said he is addicted to travel and has been to many countries. But he said he had never been so close to his city.

“It seems as if over a decade had passed since the last time I took a stroll at City God Temple and the Bund,” he said. “These attractions are so close to me but I never paid attention to them.”


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