Some of China's most famous 20th century identities lived in Shanghai and many of their former residences still stand. Because of its relatively young age, Shanghai does not have the ancient historical sites similar to those found in Beijing or Xi'an. But, in its favor, the city attracted some of the most influential and important people in both politics and culture in a critical phase of Chinese history. Some of the Shanghai residences of these notable figures have been preserved and some are open to the public. They offer a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who helped shape modern China. One of them is the former residence of Soong Chingling in Shanghai which is still maintained as a shrine to her memory. I had the chance to visit the place.
July is a happy month for me. A lucky month as 7 years ago I launched my blog.
7 years. Wow. That’s indeed a long time. And many things changed – from the way I take photos while traveling to the way the blogs look today (trendy magazine-like themes, focus on photos etc) to the way I promote my blog and get my articles shared for the relevant audiences to find them.
In time, this blog became a treasure for me. It’s a place where I share my travels, discoveries, curiosities and I often find myself remembering some wonderful moments, precious places visited, and, more importantly, wonderful people I met in my travels or online, through the social media networks I use.
I also realised that it’s about making the best out of it and doing what I like. Over the past years I’ve not only learned what I like doing most, but I’ve also learned what I don’t like. I’ve learned not to look at what others doing and just follow your own trail instead. What may be successful for one person will not be a guaranteed success for someone else.
I can’t end an article on the 7 years blog anniversary without thanking each and every visitor. This blog is written for you – hoping that each article is interesting, useful, relevant, fun or helpful for your travels or in life. I just want to say thank you so much for allowing me to share my life with you and that I am so grateful you are on this journey with me.
7 years gone by. Now entering the eighth year of this blog. More to come !