In this audio guide to the Huangpu district you'll learn what there is to discover in this historic part of the city ... with your ears .. instead of your eyes. Narrated in English and Mandarin, many of the sounds included in this short 12-part guide are recorded in binaural stereo - so listen using good quality headphones.
01: INTRODUCTION 序言
When you're exploring based on sounds instead of sights a whole new and different aspect of a city opens up. This guide is intended to give you some pointers on where to go and what you can experience around Huangpu. But many of the sounds described here will vary from day to day - even from hour to hour - so every audio adventure will be your own unique experience ...
02: HOW TO LISTEN 怎样去听
Shanghai is a vast city with a myriad of sounds to discover. In the second part of this guide you'll get instructions on how to hone your listening skills before you set off on your audio tour ...
03: THE BUND 外滩
There's a richly layered soundscape on The Bund, to accompany the spectacular views of Pudong's skycraper - during the daytime but especially late at night. Only then are some of the Huangpu River's more intimate sounds revealed...
04: THE PUDONG SHORE 浦东岸边
Take the short ferry trip across the Huangpu River to the Pudong Shore and you'll get great views especially in the late afternoon as the sun is setting. At dusk you'll also get a lovely urban soundscape in Binjiang Park, where a tiny lush oasis of trees hosts Eurasian Blackbirds and Chinese Bul Buls and their melodious song.
05: EAST NANJING ROAD 南京东路
Heading down E Nanjing Road from The Bund, there's an intense urban soundscape with busy traffic, crowds of chattering sightseers, and the sing song delivery of the amplified sales talk from the tourist shops - which, if you can ignore the banal content, can be its own kind of music.
06: MIDDLE SICHUAN ROAD 四川中路
Heading south from E Nanjing Road along Middle Sichuan Road you can experience one of the most striking aspects of Shanghai's street life ... shoals of commuters on scooters, electric bikes, bicycles and motorbikes, carrying cargo of all descriptions. In this episode, you'll also learn where to go to hear the actual heartbeat of Shanghai.
07: JINLING ROAD MUSIC SHOPS 金陵路的乐器商店
A trip down Jinling Road a few blocks south of The Bund, will bring you to a whole clutch of shops selling musical instruments. And it's a great place to hear people trying out everything from electric guitars and drum kits ... to traditional instruments like the erhu and guquin.
08: SHANGHAI PARK MUSIC 上海公园音乐
There's lots of wonderful music to be heard almost any day of the week in Shanghai's many parks - like Lu Xun Park and Zhonghshan Park. Wander around and you'll hear everything from saxophones to flutes and mouth organs to ancient erhu ... there's often singing too. You'll get a brief flavor of what's to be heard, in this episode.
在上海数不清的公园里，比如鲁迅公园和中山公园，任何一天都能听到绝妙的音乐。随便走走您就能欣赏到萨克斯、笛子、口琴、二胡等等的演奏。这儿通常也会有歌唱。 在这集里， 您将能稍微体验到公园里的音乐。
09: RESIDENTIAL LIFE - SHIKUMEN & LILONG 居民生活 ： 石库门与里弄
There’s a kind of sonic magic that happens when you walk into one of Shanghai’s 'shikumen' - old-style residential areas bisected by narrow lanes or 'lilong'. Within just a few paces you leave the cacophonous traffic and street bustle behind and can hear the much more intimate sounds of urban domestic life. In this episode you'll hear voices & daily activities including an early morning milk delivery.
10: WANSHANG BIRD & INSECT MARKET 万商花鸟市场
From the street outside side the Wanshang Bird & Insect Market can be hard to spot. But step inside and the air literally throbs with animal sounds - predominantly a variety caged birds and crickets in tiny perpex cases and cardboard boxes. Some of the sweetest singing – that dances across the market in melodic rippling cadenzas – comes from canary soloists...
11: hUANGPU STREETS & JAZZ 黄浦街道与爵士
Jazz has a long history in Shanghai. These days many of the jazz clubs are in the French Concession. But if you are returning to The Bund to complete your audio tour of Huangpu, there's one place you can hear how the jazz scene used to sound .... in the vast art deco hallways of the Peace Hotel, where the strains of the famously 'old' jazz band waft like fading memories.
12: MORE ABOUT SHANGHAI'S SOUNDS 更多关于上海音声
This audio guide is just a short demo version of a much more comprehensive guide to the sounds of Shanghai - and how to tour the city based on what you can hear. Shanghai Sounds Guide is looking for commercial sponsors & funding to help get an expanded version of this guide online. Making use of a large library of high fidelity field recordings (many of them in binaural stereo) - the detailed version of this guide will have both written text and narration in both English & Mandarin. With the potential to reach a large audience in both China and worldwide - Shanghai Sounds Guide could be the perfect place to advertise your business or services.
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