Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai. cityscape
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Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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HUANGPU JIANG



China's financial capital, Shanghai, is split in two by the 100km long Huangpu River. Starting at Dianshan lake and ending at the  Yangtze river estuary, the city is dependent on this body of water; from shipping to power plant cooling. 


I walked the length of it and photographed the places and people that work and live  beside the river, revealing a city larger and more diverse than just the iconic Bund.


Project shot on film with a Mamiya RZ67. All Images copyright Jonathan Browning. 


Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai
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A couple pose for wedding photos besides the iconic Bund, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A couple pose for wedding photos besides the iconic Bund, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A migrant worker washes clothes on the rear of their boat which collects demolished building hardcore to take down river. Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal)
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A migrant worker washes clothes on the rear of their boat which collects demolished building hardcore to take down river. Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal)  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A migrant worker washes clothes on the rear of their boat which collects demolished building hardcore to take down river. Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal)  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Nanpu Bridge links Puxi and Pudong across the Huangpu River, Shanghai.
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Nanpu Bridge links Puxi and Pudong across the Huangpu River, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Nanpu Bridge links Puxi and Pudong across the Huangpu River, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Po, 11 years old. Live on the boat with his parents. On Huangpu River next to Sanchagang village. Shanghai
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Po, 11 years old. Live on the boat with his parents. On Huangpu River next to Sanchagang village. Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Po, 11 years old. Live on the boat with his parents. On Huangpu River next to Sanchagang village. Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Yangtze River Estuary viewing platform. The final stretch of the the Huangpu river where it meets with the Yangtze river and mouth of the Yellow Sea.  Baoshan, Shanghai.
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Yangtze River Estuary viewing platform. The final stretch of the the Huangpu river where it meets with the Yangtze river and mouth of the Yellow Sea.  Baoshan district, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Yangtze River Estuary viewing platform. The final stretch of the the Huangpu river where it meets with the Yangtze river and mouth of the Yellow Sea.  Baoshan district, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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During early morning a man strolls the river at low tide. Shanghai
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During early morning a man strolls the river at low tide in Songjiang District. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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During early morning a man strolls the river at low tide in Songjiang District. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015.
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Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks, a popular tourist activity for visitors to Shanghai. Taken on 6th September 2015.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks, a popular tourist activity for visitors to Shanghai. Taken on 6th September 2015.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​New developments are constantly going up along the sought after Huangpu riverside.  Shanghai.
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New developments are constantly going up along the sought after Huangpu riverside.  Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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New developments are constantly going up along the sought after Huangpu riverside.  Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015.
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Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks.  A popular tourist activity for visitors to Shanghai.

Taken on 6th September 2015. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks.  A popular tourist activity for visitors to Shanghai.

Taken on 6th September 2015. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​Power plant sits at the end of the bridge. Shanghai
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Wujing Power plant sits at the end of Minpu bridge. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Wujing Power plant sits at the end of Minpu bridge. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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New apartment building in Yongsheng Cun, An area that is seeing fast development. Minhang district

. Shanghai
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New apartment building in Yongsheng Cun, An area that is seeing fast development. Minhang district

. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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New apartment building in Yongsheng Cun, An area that is seeing fast development. Minhang district

. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An elderly lady takes morning exercise below the shadow of Xupu bridge in Minhang district, Shanghai.
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An elderly lady takes morning exercise below the shadow of Xupu bridge in Minhang district, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An elderly lady takes morning exercise below the shadow of Xupu bridge in Minhang district, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An 81 year old farmer living besides the Huangpu River. Next to Xiangyang He Qiao, a largely rural and agricultural area.  Songjiang District, Shanghai.
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An 81 year old farmer living besides the Huangpu River. Next to Xiangyang He Qiao, a largely rural and agricultural area.  Songjiang District, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An 81 year old farmer living besides the Huangpu River. Next to Xiangyang He Qiao, a largely rural and agricultural area.  Songjiang District, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Xie Yahua, 谢亚华, 67 years old from Anhui, a labourer planting trees and plants in the park besides Power Station of Art which is besides the river. Huangpu district, Shanghai
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Xie Yahua, 谢亚华, 67 years old from Anhui, a labourer planting trees and plants in the park besides Power Station of Art which is besides the river. Huangpu district, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Xie Yahua, 谢亚华, 67 years old from Anhui, a labourer planting trees and plants in the park besides Power Station of Art which is besides the river. Huangpu district, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An elderly couple pose of a photograph in their rice field in a rural area of Songjiang district. A couple of fields away from the Huangpu River. Shanghai
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An elderly couple pose of a photograph in their rice field in a rural area of Songjiang district. A couple of fields away from the Huangpu River. Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An elderly couple pose of a photograph in their rice field in a rural area of Songjiang district. A couple of fields away from the Huangpu River. Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The Huangpu River Water Culture Park. Songjiang, Shanghai.
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The Huangpu River Water Culture Park. Songjiang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The Huangpu River Water Culture Park. Songjiang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​An early morning kite flying enthusiast. Shanghai
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An early morning kite flying enthusiast.  Minhang District. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An early morning kite flying enthusiast.  Minhang District. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Passangers wait to board the Wusong - Sanchagang Ferry service, one of many ferry services that cross the river for pedestrians and bike owners throughout the day. Shanghai
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Passangers wait to board the Wusong - Sanchagang Ferry service, one of many ferry services that cross the river for pedestrians and bike owners throughout the day. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Passangers wait to board the Wusong - Sanchagang Ferry service, one of many ferry services that cross the river for pedestrians and bike owners throughout the day. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Left is Miao Qihua (庙其华) born in '72. Right is Hu Chaodong (胡朝东)born '65, both from Chongqing.  By the parking lot next to Laser Tag by Nanpu bridge.
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Left is Miao Qihua (庙其华) born in '72. Right is Hu Chaodong (胡朝东)born '65, both from Chongqing. By the parking lot next to Laser Tag by Nanpu bridge. Central Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Left is Miao Qihua (庙其华) born in '72. Right is Hu Chaodong (胡朝东)born '65, both from Chongqing. By the parking lot next to Laser Tag by Nanpu bridge. Central Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A sex doll left on the tidal river bed near Sanchagang village.
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A sex doll left on the tidal river bed near Sanchagang village. Pudong district, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A sex doll left on the tidal river bed near Sanchagang village. Pudong district, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​An aerial view of a bend in the busy Huangpu River
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An aerial view of a bend in the busy Huangpu River. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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An aerial view of a bend in the busy Huangpu River. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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(left) Cao Xi Zheng, 47 years old and (right) Hou Wei, 42 years old. Both from Henan Province and working as security guards for the new South Bund CBD development zone, adjacent to the Oriental Swimming centre.
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(left) Cao Xi Zheng, 47 years old and (right) Hou Wei, 42 years old. Both from Henan Province and working as security guards for the new South Bund CBD development zone, adjacent to the Oriental Swimming centre. Pudong New Area, Shangahi. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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(left) Cao Xi Zheng, 47 years old and (right) Hou Wei, 42 years old. Both from Henan Province and working as security guards for the new South Bund CBD development zone, adjacent to the Oriental Swimming centre. Pudong New Area, Shangahi. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Zhao Shengchun 赵胜春, 50 years old, from Anhui. A security guard by a club house / restaurant next to a driving range by Nanpu bridge (上海东江体育俱乐部)
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Zhao Shengchun 赵胜春, 50 years old, from Anhui. A security guard sits on a chair in a large empty lot adjacent to a club house / restaurant  by Nanpu bridge (上海东江体育俱乐部)Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Zhao Shengchun 赵胜春, 50 years old, from Anhui. A security guard sits on a chair in a large empty lot adjacent to a club house / restaurant  by Nanpu bridge (上海东江体育俱乐部)Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Pedestrians on Waima Road, Huangpu area,  Shanghai, China. October 2014.
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Pedestrians on Waima Road, Huangpu area, Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Pedestrians on Waima Road, Huangpu area, Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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(left) Xiong Ai Ming, 40 years old from Huebi and (right) Sun Yao Fei, 44 years old from Shanghai by Lixin Ship Factory No.3 Branch. Near Yindu Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China. October 2014.
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(left) Xiong Ai Ming, 40 years old from Huebi and (right) Sun Yao Fei, 44 years old from Shanghai by Lixin Ship Factory No.3 Branch. Near Yindu Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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(left) Xiong Ai Ming, 40 years old from Huebi and (right) Sun Yao Fei, 44 years old from Shanghai by Lixin Ship Factory No.3 Branch. Near Yindu Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Zhang Biao, 40 years old from Anhui overseas the loading of the boats.  Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal)
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Zhang Biao, 40 years old from Anhui overseas the loading of the boats. Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal) Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Zhang Biao, 40 years old from Anhui overseas the loading of the boats. Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal) Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​A migrant worker whom collects plastic and other recyclable material in exchange for cash stands in his sorting area. Pudong District, Shanghai
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A migrant worker whom collects plastic and other recyclable material in exchange for cash stands in his sorting area. Pudong District, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A migrant worker whom collects plastic and other recyclable material in exchange for cash stands in his sorting area. Pudong District, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A boat propeller and welding factory besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge.  By the very start of the Huangpu River.  Songjiang District, China.
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A boat propeller and welding factory besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge. By the very start of the Huangpu River. Songjiang District, China. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A boat propeller and welding factory besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge. By the very start of the Huangpu River. Songjiang District, China. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​Pudong riverside, Shanghai
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Pudong riverside, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Pudong riverside, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​A small basketball court hugs the river in Pudong. Shanghai
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A small basketball court hugs the river in Lujiazui, Pudong. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A small basketball court hugs the river in Lujiazui, Pudong. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Tourists at the Lujiazui Pedestrian Ring Road during October Holidays. Lujiazui, Huangpu area, Shanghai, China.
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Tourists at the Lujiazui Pedestrian Ring Road during October Holidays. Lujiazui, Huangpu area, Shanghai, China. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Tourists at the Lujiazui Pedestrian Ring Road during October Holidays. Lujiazui, Huangpu area, Shanghai, China. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Staff from Yeshari Restaurant have a company activity with a run and quiet mediation along the river. Longteng Avenue, near long heng East Road, Xuhui area. Shanghai, China. October 2014
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Staff from Yeshari Restaurant have a company activity with a run and quiet mediation along the river. Longteng Avenue, near long heng East Road, Xuhui area. Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Staff from Yeshari Restaurant have a company activity with a run and quiet mediation along the river. Longteng Avenue, near long heng East Road, Xuhui area. Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​West Bund. Shanghai
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The new West Bund area with a riverside promenade. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The new West Bund area with a riverside promenade. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​A disused factory and loading area besides the river. Shanghai
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A disused factory and loading area besides the river. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A disused factory and loading area besides the river. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Meng Xianzhou, 40 years old from Henan. A digger mechanic working at Shanghai Long Cheng Company. Longwu Road, near Fanghe Road. Minhang area, Shanghai, China. October 2014.
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Meng Xianzhou, 40 years old from Henan. A digger mechanic working at Shanghai Long Cheng Company. Longwu Road, near Fanghe Road. Minhang area, Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Meng Xianzhou, 40 years old from Henan. A digger mechanic working at Shanghai Long Cheng Company. Longwu Road, near Fanghe Road. Minhang area, Shanghai, China. October 2014. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Hong Qianhua (洪钱华)26 years old, been working on the ferry for about 3 months. Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015.
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Hong Qianhua (洪钱华)26 years old, been working on the ferry for about 3 months. Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Hong Qianhua (洪钱华)26 years old, been working on the ferry for about 3 months. Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The captain of a Shanghai Ferry which crosses the river countless times a day for pedestrians and cyclists.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The captain of a Shanghai Ferry which crosses the river countless times a day for pedestrians and cyclists.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Nanpu Bridge with a digger and tug  boat below.
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Nanpu Bridge with a digger and tug boat below. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Nanpu Bridge with a digger and tug boat below. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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New roads besides the river in Pudong
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New roads besides the river in Pudong. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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New roads besides the river in Pudong. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A migrant worker couple pose for a photo on their tug boat in a mooring in an industrial part of the rivers stretch. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A migrant worker couple pose for a photo on their tug boat in a mooring in an industrial part of the rivers stretch. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years.  Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai.
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Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years. Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years. Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​Peace Hotel rooftop, Shanghai
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Three ladies relax on the 5 star Peace Hotel rooftop which overlooks the Huangpu River and the famous Lujiazui skyline.  Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Three ladies relax on the 5 star Peace Hotel rooftop which overlooks the Huangpu River and the famous Lujiazui skyline.  Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A train crossing platform worker. He controls the gates for when a goods train come through, usually once or twice a day to a factory alongside the Huangpu River. Lincang Road, by youhao village. Minhang, Shanghai.
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A train crossing platform worker. He controls the gates for when a goods train come through, usually once or twice a day to a factory alongside the Huangpu River. Lincang Road, by youhao village. Minhang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A train crossing platform worker. He controls the gates for when a goods train come through, usually once or twice a day to a factory alongside the Huangpu River. Lincang Road, by youhao village. Minhang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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​Power plant sits at the end of the bridge. Shanghai
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Coal pile and two dogs. A coal depot in Pudong District besides the river, Barge boats of river bring coal to and from the city by the river. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Coal pile and two dogs. A coal depot in Pudong District besides the river, Barge boats of river bring coal to and from the city by the river. Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A stray street dog beneath of Shanghai's many massive bridges that cross the Huangpu River.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A stray street dog beneath of Shanghai's many massive bridges that cross the Huangpu River.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Mr Tao, From Anhui, Shovels coal at a Coal Depot at Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years.  Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai.
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Mr Tao, From Anhui, Shovels coal at a Coal Depot at Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years. Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Mr Tao, From Anhui, Shovels coal at a Coal Depot at Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years. Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Boats pass by at dawn next to the Huangpu River Water Culture Museum.  Songjiang, Shanghai
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Boats pass by at dawn next to the Huangpu River Water Culture Museum. Songjiang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Boats pass by at dawn next to the Huangpu River Water Culture Museum. Songjiang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Mr Zhou, A young migrant worker from Anhui, 19 years old and has worked here for two years. A coal depot next to Beisha harbour and Huangpu river, on lincang road. Minhang, Shanghai.
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Mr Zhou, A young migrant worker from Anhui, 19 years old and has worked here for two years. A coal depot next to Beisha harbour and Huangpu river, on lincang road. Minhang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Mr Zhou, A young migrant worker from Anhui, 19 years old and has worked here for two years. A coal depot next to Beisha harbour and Huangpu river, on lincang road. Minhang, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The Shanghai Pear Museum - A building and greenhouses growing pear trees.  Besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge.  By the very start of the Huangpu River.  Songjiang District, China.
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The Shanghai Pear Museum - A building and greenhouses growing pear trees. Besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge. By the very start of the Huangpu River. Songjiang District, China. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The Shanghai Pear Museum - A building and greenhouses growing pear trees. Besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge. By the very start of the Huangpu River. Songjiang District, China. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai
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Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A truck mechanic stands in his workplace which is a stones throw from the river in an industrial area of Pudong district, Shanghai. ​
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A truck mechanic stands in his workplace which is a stones throw from the river in an industrial area of Pudong district, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A truck mechanic stands in his workplace which is a stones throw from the river in an industrial area of Pudong district, Shanghai.  Photo by Jonathan Browning

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A truck mechanic stands in his workplace which is a stones throw from the river in an industrial area of Pudong district, Shanghai. ​
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The famous historic Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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The famous historic Bund, Shanghai. Photo by Jonathan Browning

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