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SHANGHAI THROUGH A UNIQUE LENS./

DESIGNER + PHOTOGRAPHER DAIJENA WANG FIRST CAUGHT OUR EYE WITH HER INCREDIBLY ATMOSPHERIC SHOTS OF CITY LIFE./

COMING FROM A MULTICULTURAL BACKGROUND WITH BOTH GERMANY + CHINA AS HOME COUNTRIES, SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN FOND OF TRAVELLING./ AND, WHEN SHE GOT HER FIRST CAMERA WHEN SHE TURNED 16, SHE STARTED TO COMBINE HER LIFE OF TRAVELLING WITH HER PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY./

WHILE SHE LOVES TO TAKE PHOTOS ON HER TRAVELS, SHE CONFESSES THAT "MY FAVOURITE PLACE TO CAPTURE IS + WALWAYS WILL BE MY HOMETOWN, SHANGHAI."/ ALTHOUGH CURRENTLY BASED IN GERMANT, DAIJENA VISITS OFTEN + SHE ALWAYS FINDS SOMETHING NEW - "SHANGHAI NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME!"/

IN A CITY WITH SO MUCH TO SEE + DO, DAIJENA ADMITTED THAT IT WAS NOT EASY TO LIMIT HER SELECTION TO ONLY A FEW PLACES, BUT HERE ARE SOME OF HER TOP PICKS TO CHECK OUT IN THE CITY...

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M50 ART DISTRICT

"In between your days at typical sightseeing spots, have a stroll around the M50 art district for a small change of scenery. Next to some street art to be found across the district, there is a site with several buildings, which host a broad range of exhibitions, always changing + adapting. Not far from there, you will soon find a new interesting architectural construct that aims to paint the city a little bit greener with its numerous columns of planted trees, named '1000 Trees'."

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KARTEL WINE BAR

"One thing Shanghai really is famous for, are the many beautiful (rooftop) bars, mostly located near the Hunag Pu river. For a less typical (although breathtaking) view of Shanghai, have a drink at the Kartel Wine Bar, which offers a wonderful panoramic view around the Jing'an District. Although it's called the Kartel Wine Bar, they also have amazing cocktails + delicious food."

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CAFÉ CHEZ W

"When you've spent a lot of time in the city + need a little time out from the big city hustle, take a break at the Café Chez W. It is housed inside a small lane in the former French Concession of Shanghai with a lovely cozy vintage interior. You can easily forget everything around you for a moment + indulge in their great coffee, best paired with the most delicious cinnamon scone in town (I highly recommend you to try it)."

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DISCOVER MORE AMAZING LOCALS

UNCOVER TOP PICKS + INSIDER TIPS FROM OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INSP1RATIONAL LOCALS./  FROM CREATIVES + MUSICIANS, TO ENTREPRENEURS, WE MEET THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP THE VERY FABRIC OF THE CITY.   //

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All photos are copyright F1FTY except: Daijena Wang profile photo (Courtesy of Daijena Wang); Café Chez W (Instagram @cafechezw); M50 (Credit: Unsplash - Max van de Oetelaar); Kartel Wine Bar (Instagram @kartelshanghai). This feature was not paid for in any way.