Surging Ahead

We had another new subway line open up recently to add to Shanghai’s extensive Metro system. We now have 16 subway lines! Construction started in 1986 with substantial growth in the years leading up to the World Expo in 2010. Christoph and I like to try out any new developments and so took a ride on the new Line 13 to the Shanghai World Expo Center to visit an art fair. The new line was great; clean and almost empty as residents haven’t caught onto it yet.

The main hall of the Shanghai Exhibition Center in downtown. 

The main hall of the Shanghai Exhibition Center in downtown. 

Another area where Shanghai is surging ahead is in the area of art galleries and museums. It was only a few years back when private galleries were given permission to establish themselves in Shanghai and since then, there’s been an explosion of art fairs in the city. Not all are filled with great art but occasionally you’ll find a gem. We saw some lovely work at the Photosfair a few months back and were looking forward to today’s outing but alas, it was not meant to be. Nevermind, there’s always something on display in the city and as more and more people become interested in art and culture, I can only imagine that there’ll be more exhibitions each week than I can visit! :o)