Qibao, Inside the Time Capsule

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unbreakable friendships~ Qibao

unbreakable friendships

Time's indellible stamp~ Qibao

time’s indelible stamp

stolen sketches of a lost theater~ Qibao

stolen sketches of a lost theater

breaking ground~ Qibao

breaking ground

If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you~ Qibao

if I wanted your opinion I’d give it to you

softening the hard reality~ Qibao

softening the hard reality

who said Triad~ Qibao

who said Triad?

a controlled sea of humanity~ Qibao

a controlled sea of humanity

Hidden inside the massively dense Shanghai Metropolis is a quaint, albeit crowded small world of tradition. Bridges over water, narrow old streets, a wide variety of delicious street food and a beautiful old tea house.

In the tea house, mostly old men gather to drink tea and watch story telling theaters on a stage that echoes with ancient times.

Each time I go back there, I find the same people, doing the same things, as though they are caught in a time capsule and every day must be relived as it was the day before.

Nearby are the green lanes, where door after door girls and women offer their services for a price. Tickets to their worlds are sold on the main street of the old village.

Heartbreaking, surreal and intoxicating is Qibao.

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  1. The portraits of the men smoking were a great way to start this photo essay. I enjoyed looking through your photos. Thanks for posting!

  2. Moving. Some realities are so bitter that they push a restart button inside of us and we find ourselves standing in the desert of uncertainty without any clue – what’s right – what’s wrong

  3. I loved going to Qibao when I lived in Shanghai. Such a great village atmosphere, and not as far from Shanghai as Zhujiajiao.

    Nanxiang was quite nice also πŸ™‚ The small villages that remain around Shanghai and the modernity of Shanghai’s downtown district make this city a joy to inhabit.

  4. Well, well, seems i was th first to like your post. πŸ™‚ The privilege of time difference.
    Thank you Mimo, for yet another travel in space and time.
    Hope all is well with you.

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