Growing Up With Shanghai- Buzhen

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Growing Up With Shanghai- Buzhen

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[Your purchase includes the soundwalk audio Mp3, and a PDF booklet that contains:  images, three translations (Shanghainese, Mandarin, and English), and a route map to help you navigate the area.]

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Audio Track Listing:

Buzhen (38:38)

Recorded June 12, 2010 at 11:18.

Chongming Dao is the largest alluvial island in the world and it is a county within the Shanghai Municipality. Mostly an agricultural landscape most of its history has literally had an isolation from the surrounding society only a stones throw from its shores. Until recently, ferries were the only means of transport between the mainland and now, a new bridge and tunnel system has been built to reduce travel time and facilitate its economy. This new addition left some of the once bustling port towns quiet and empty. Remnants of its not so distant past still line the streets now only catering to the local population and waiting for its rebirth.

The town of Bu Zhen was a port town in its previous life. Today it is more relaxed and on this beautiful summer day, it was nothing more, or less, than peaceful- a welcome reverse effect of the new artery. Ben recounts his childhood growing up in Bu Zhen. Although he lives in Shanghai City now, he still comes back to see his mother. His friend’s old house was near the ferry terminal so we borrowed old rusty bicycles from his family to cover the long distance along the main street. His memories are filled with pleasant and intimate emotions possibly not unlike- or even inspired by- the cool early summer morning.

崇明岛是世界上最大的冲积岛屿,属于上海市的一个县。岛上大部分地貌为农业景观,其大部分历史和邻近的陆地分隔开来,就像地形上的分隔一样。近些年以前,来往崇明岛和周边陆地的唯一交通方式只有渡船。现在,新建的隧桥缩短了船运时间,进而促进了岛上经济。这一新工程让一些曾经繁忙的港口城镇变得安静和空旷了。岛上街道仍然可以找到历史遗留的风貌,但存在只是为了迎合当地居民,等待再次发展起来。

堡镇以前是一个港湾镇。现在镇上生活更加悠闲放松,在明媚的夏日,整个镇子都是一幅宁静的景观 - 和作为经济动脉的上海市区形成对比。Ben回忆着他在堡镇度过的童年。尽管他现在已经搬到了上海市区生活,他还是会经常回来这里看望他的母亲。他朋友的旧房子离渡船码头不远,所以我们从他家借了几辆生锈的旧自行车,沿着主街骑了很远。关于这里,他记忆里都是愉悦温柔的情绪,和这凉爽的初夏的早晨有几分相似,也可能是这种早晨激发了那些情绪。

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