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Pudong as seen from the Bund. That view seen on countless photos from Shanghai was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit China so badly.

Pudong as seen from the Bund. That view seen on countless photos from Shanghai was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit China so badly.

It’s not that easy to get rid of Asia from your mind once it’s there. We knew that we had barely scratched the surface and that it’s time to go deeper. We were so much in love with Hong Kong that mainland China seemed like the perfect match for our desire to experience more of that weird (but swell nonetheless) Asian vibe. After almost exactly one year, we were finally coming back to the Far East.

Temple of Heaven is one of the best-known tourist attractions in Beijing. Photo made by Kasia.

Temple of Heaven is one of the best-known tourist attractions in Beijing. Photo made by Kasia.

Shanghai is such an amazing city for street photography. People are very camera-friendly and opportunities for interesting frames can be found literally everywhere. Shot by Lukas.

Shanghai is such an amazing city for street photography. People are very camera-friendly and opportunities for interesting frames can be found literally everywhere. Shot by Lukas.

We were planning our trip to be no longer than two weeks. When it turned out that the tickets will be cheaper if we choose to stay in China for a longer period of time, we decided to extend our excursion to almost three weeks. Arranging everything from both financial and organizational point of view was a major challenge – starvation and homelessness on the streets of Shanghai caused by poor planning was something we wanted to avoid.

Pudong seem to be full of people and cars basically all the time, even by night.

Pudong seem to be full of people and cars basically all the time, even by night.

Ribbons on a tree near one of the buildings of the famous Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai.

Ribbons on a tree near one of the buildings of the famous Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai.

What is worth noting is that our travel team got bigger. We took two girls with us – Kasia (my girlfriend and an excellent photographer in one person – it doesn’t get much better than this) and Natalia. We were really worried that girls might interfere with our utter desire to do what boys usually do. You know, men remain men even when they travel and nothing can change that. However, it turned out that girls are far more forgiving and understanding while 4500 miles from home. Go figure.