The Shanghai Hustle (Video)

This is just a very short video compilation of various street hawkers along Nanjing Road in Shanghai. I gathered it in about as much time as it will take you to watch it. Notably missing are the prostitutes. Not surprisingly, at the sight of a video camera they scatter like mice when the lights come on. For a Western man walking alone on this busy pedestrian mall, the ladies of Shanghai come running like mosquitoes smelling fresh blood. It doesn’t matter how many people are around — the street may be completely packed with shoppers and tourists — they boldly come forth to proposition. The other vendors are just as pushy and prevalent, except in their case, being in a group of people doesn’t keep them at bay. It’s all a pity because Nanjing Road is lit up with color at night and would make a nice leisurely promenade. Get your photo there and head to The Bund instead (though as that has received a makeover, it too may draw the crowds and hawkers).

For a more extensive video of Shanghai sights and sounds — as well as an amazing noodle maker in action — check out this slightly longer clip.

Check out my blog for more about scams to avoid in Shanghai, China.

A disappointing visit to see the Terra Cotta Army in Xi’an.

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