For a quite some time now, Chinese immigrants have setteld in many cities across Europe and America which has lead to the emergence of Chinatowns in almost every major city. Now that China has been introduced to the free market and is rapidly developping a nouveau riche, quite the opposite is taking place: whole districts are being build in “neoclassicist” European style for the wealthy to dwell in. Buildings have been modelled after English, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and German building style.
Pablo Conejo captured this bizarre trend in Shanghai – which is not the only place were this is happening. These photo’s were taken in the Meilanhu district of Shanghai. Although the buildings are beautiful, it reminds me more of a deserted ghost town…
Photo’s by Pablo Conejo