Michelle Blumenthal, who passed away suddenly last August, was a true Shanghailander. As author Mishi Saran said at her memorial, Michelle treated the city as one would a lover — hungry to uncover every secret curve and line. This weekend, in Michelle’s honor members of the Royal Asiatic Society Shanghai organized a walking tour of Gaoqiao, an ancient town in a remote part of Pudong, which dates back to the Southern Song. Gaoqiao, which became a protected heritage site for Expo 2010, is filled with all the hidden charms of old Shanghai as well as remnants of the richness of Jiangnan culture. Gaoqiao was one of Michelle’s favorite neighbourhood’s — precisely the type of undiscovered corner she delighted to explore.
To get to Gaoqiao take the line 6 on the subway to North Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, take exit 2 and turn right, then follow the canal to the Gaoqiao Town History & Culture Museum at 1 Yiwang Lu. If you go, don’t miss the wonderful incense shop at 46 Xi Jie Lu.
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