The Old Town Shanghai gives an idea of traditional Chinese architecture of days gone by. Now-a-days it is a shameless tourist trap with all the accompanying vulgarity that goes with it. You can however look beyond all the commercialism and get an appreciation of the beauty and craftsmanship that is the legacy of the Chinese. It is everything the Western mind associates with the Orient and an exciting area to visit at least once.
The use of lattice work is ubiquitous in both overhead grilles, balustrades, windows and wall decoration. Although being a bit clichéd the area is still great to explore.