Dance away the heartache

Location: Shanghai (PRC)
Date: October 2008
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Processing: Picasa 3.0
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Short description:
Shanghai's Fuxing Park (French Park) is a feast for a photographer: hundreds of locals flock together during the day for a variety of activities. Dozens of Shanghainese couples, typically in the 40-60 years range, dance on the streets of the park to the sound of romantic music coming from a portable CD player. As so often in China there is a grim reality behind this. Many of them have been fired from their jobs, being uneducated thanks to the disastrous Cultural Revolution policy, and now being replaced by young bright university graduates. Still, they try to enjoy life the best way they can, getting a bit of exercise at the same time.