Feeling safe with all you camera gear in a large and crowded metropolitan city like Shanghai, is always an adventure. When you first arrive you never really know what to expect, this is also part of traveling. But for us and many others with us, it feels really good when you finally find that safe place from where you can take amazing photos/videos freely.
Next to feeling safe, Shanghai has everything you are looking for when you want to film the Chinese urban city life, like the classic buildings in Yuyuan Garden. It is a real tourist hotspot, so it will be crowded, but you can take some nice shots from old Shanghai with in the background the new modern skyscrapers. And people told us that you can get the best dumplings there, the perfect way to celebrate a good shoot.
You can easily find your way via the good metro system that Shanghai offers and it isn’t expensive. It is the easiest way to find your way in this huge city. One of the best places to go and film in Shanghai is Nanjing Road in the evening and walk to the Bund. Nanjing Road is a modern street, which in the evening turns into a street full of neon lights. Such a lovely place to take some photo/videos at during the day as well as in the evening. Next to this street, we found some more typical Chinese streets, close to Nanjing Road, with some old Chinese street signs. So try to look for other places than the main street as well. Often you will find the best shots away from the beaten track.