Shanghai: free city views, attitudes towards candid photography?
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Sep 19, 2012 10:24 PM Last Post By: tparker
Sep 18, 2012 9:41 AM
Shanghai: free city views, attitudes towards candid photography?For 6 days I will be taking new photos of shopping, dining, street scenes, culture, markets, recreation, skylines, economic development, etc. When I am within, say, 10 feet of somebody I try getting the OK to take photo of what they are doing, but even then, sometimes I don't if it will interrupt a "good" photo. Immediately afterwards I smile & they usually smile back, indicating taking candid photo is OK. Comments on this with respect to Shanghai? Or is it easier to ask here what photos I should not take? Military at work? Police at work? Other? What about modern shopping malls in the "common" areas?
Also, are there any "free" skyline views to suggest? Maybe lesser known office buildings with terraces or upper floor restaurants? Hotels with top floor observatories/restaurants? I am willing to buy lunch or drink in order to get access. Advice or lists appreciated!
Sep 19, 2012 10:24 PM
1China in general... military and police are a definite no no. They don't take kindly to being photographed. Security guards can be a problem too, even when they're not in the shot, but perhaps feel they have to "be useful" and do something, as if preventing photography was part of their job description.
Not long ago I took a photo of construction workers demolishing a building just down the road from where I lived. The supervisor came to complain - I just explained the hotel had sentimental value which shut him up, but were he to make a fuss I would have ignored him anyways. I was standing on public space (pavement) and photo was of a pile or rubble for crying out loud!
Anyways rant over. Shanghai : I presume you want to be high up? Well Flair, a rooftop bar at the Pudong Ritz Carlton, gives you great views back over the river and of the Pearl Tower. To be even higher up there's the Park Hyatt - but then you'll have the glass in the way despite the fantastic views from the lobby. Back on the Bund - there's New Heights atop Three on the Bund, that has a rooftop portion. You'll find actually many of those buildings have something or other on the rooftop - such as Bar Rouge, or indeed the restaurants at the Peace Hotel. Do a search for rooftop Shanghai - you might find lots of options.
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