What can you say about a city with 24 million people? Nothing really, it’s too big and there are too many stories to tell. But photos can help explain the weird, wild and wonderful metropolis on occasion, especially ones that obliterate the already thin margins of personal space that locals here offer up. Chinglish shirts, entire families on a single scooter, the weary, the excited, the startled circumstances that defy explanation. There’s no commentary or opinion involved, just Shanghai and its people… observed.

Alex Greenberg is the man behind the account, an American who moved to the massive metropolis of Shanghai some years ago and fell in love with it. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of stories that can be told in such a vast city, he decided to start a website where he could document the quirks and oddities of everyday life there, which he called Shanghai ObservedThe page now has nearly 70k followers, and people can't get enough of his shrewd sightings. Scroll down to check some of our faves out for yourself, and learn more about Alex's project!

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Kaisu Rei 3 months ago

This shirt speaks to me

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As China's economy and influence around the world continue to grow, we in Western countries will gradually acquaint ourselves better with the language, culture and way of life of this vast and ancient civilization. As anyone who has ever been to China before will tell you, it really is an exciting, diverse and unique country!

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Guild N. Stern 3 months ago

I need this one.

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Charlotte Brine 3 months ago

#HashtagDeep

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Alex Greenberg moved to the massive metropolis of Shanghai some years ago and fell in love with it. Inspired by the many bizarre things he encountered every day, particularly the weird and wonderful texts found on people's clothing, he decided to start a website where he could document the quirks and oddities of everyday life in the city, which he called Shanghai Observed.

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Withnail 3 months ago (edited)

Ah yes, I hear you. It's "funambulism", isn't it?

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DforDorothy 3 months ago

This kid has seen some sh*t! 😂

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Living in such a different and interesting place means that he is never short of material, and he finds himself confronted with all kinds of surprises every single day. "I’ve been in Shanghai for 4 years and I love how fast the city moves," Alex told Bored Panda.

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Charlotte Brine 3 months ago

Low key she definitely knows exactly what her shirt is staying and she won't hesitate to start naming names!

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Withnail 3 months ago

That's my Tuesday shirt.

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"Shanghai has a great skate scene which is what drove me to move here in the first place. It's an amazing city to explore and stumble across startled circumstances that defy explanation."

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chi-wei shen 3 months ago

...because pizza is easier to spot.

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Hans 3 months ago

She has a point.

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"I started the account in November 2016. I made the account because I had just gotten a new iPhone 7, and it took surprisingly great photos. I also wanted to start a daily photo project. The daily photo project was focused on forcing me to shoot more street photography and shoot photos that would show daily life in Shanghai. Stuff my friends and family would be interested in seeing."

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Withnail 3 months ago

Drunks go to parties.

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Lauren Lee 3 months ago

And yet, she'll never gain an ounce! Champ

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"When the account started to grow and I gained a following I started to get submissions from other people at that point I began to post only the best of the best. The types of situations I like to share are ones that make you double take or say 'wtf.' One of the most common things I post on my Instagram is people wearing shirts that say ridiculous things on them."

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DforDorothy 3 months ago

Didn't really work, did it?

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Hans 3 months ago

Well, this looks caring to me actually. Obviously, the small one was cold and a creative solution was needed.

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"I'm guessing 99% of the time these people have no idea what the shirt says because they don’t speak English. This makes for an amazing photo because you often see a great juxtaposition between what the person's face says, and what the shirt says. I love photos and videos that instantly make you laugh or question what is happening. Shanghai seems to share that every day."

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Charlotte Brine 3 months ago

My god! the overwhelming need for me to see what those look like from the front is almost killing me!

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Withnail 3 months ago

That's my Monday shirt.

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chi-wei shen 3 months ago

Solid advice.

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Many people have speculated where the weird shirts come from, and whether those wearing them actually know what they mean. Over 10 million people in China speak English fluently, however out of a population of more than 1.3 billion, that's fewer than 1 in 100 people. We will let you decide!

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Reilly Beryll 3 months ago

You’re not wrong!

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As a follow up to a previous post that Alex uploaded on Bored Panda, we decided to present some more Shanghai strangeness for your viewing pleasure. And although Alex is busy observing Shanghai, he still manages to keep an eye on his homeland too through his hilarious sister account, America Observed. Check it out!

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Withnail 3 months ago

Yo dawg I herd you like shoes so we put shoes in yo shoes so you can walk while u walk

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Withnail 3 months ago

Don't happy/Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh/Be worry

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Withnail 3 months ago

If you want to hang out, you've gotta take her out...

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Hans 3 months ago

How would a court weight that in?

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Withnail 3 months ago

When you twist the torso of your Barbie around to the front. I mean GI Joe. I don't have Barbies.

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Elena Bianca 3 months ago

He is Yoo Byung Jae, a korean entertainer. These are his merchandise, he previously had phone cases with his face on https://www.redbubble.com/shop/yoo+byung+jae+iphone-cases?ref=work_taglist

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Kaisu Rei 3 months ago

A good statement but definitely not on a kid's shirt

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- 3 months ago

Cat owners, especially crazy cat ladies can relate

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Charlotte Brine 3 months ago

Fashion police maybe???

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Paul Marney 3 months ago

My personality and looks protect my virginity😭😭😭

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meow point1 3 months ago

What is it with all these kids wearing inappropriate shirts?

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Charlotte Brine 3 months ago

My "full of regret, why do I do this to myself every Sunday" shirt

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