Paris of the East: Short Films of Shanghai

By: Katie Manning

January 14, 2013

With its towering cityscape and sprawling urban scenery, Shanghai is one of our top choices when it comes to photogenic cities. Dynamic, fast-paced and incredibly modern, we’ve fallen for Shanghai’s charms in a very big way – just take a look at our favourite films to find out what all the fuss is about.

“Shanghai-ed | Shanghai In a Minute” by Joe Nafis

This short one-minute video takes us on a whistle-stop tour of some of Shanghai’s top attractions. We particularly love the images of the city lit up by multicoloured neon lights.

“Shanghai” by MoritzHL

This super stylish video of Shanghai by MoritzHL blends an eclectic mix of subject matter for a fun and informative view of the city and even takes us up to the top of some of Shanghai’s tallest skyscrapers.

“Megacities: Shanghai” by Nathan Mauger

Nathan Mauger’s chic documentary-style film captures the everyday events of local life in Shanghai that help to make it such a vibrant, dynamic destination.  From Tai Chi to travel this video has all bases covered.

“Shanghai” by Chris Winch

This light-hearted film introduces us to some pretty eccentric characters – from elderly street dancers to men on roller blades, we love this upbeat view of city life in Shanghai.

“Shanghai by Dance – NeochaEDGE x Caster Evolution Crew by NeochaEDGE

We can’t get enough of this fast paced video of local break dancing collective Caster Evolution Crew and their impressive moves on local Shanghai landmarks.


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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