The Shanghai metro system was established in 1993, and just twenty years later it became the world’s longest underground transit system. The sixteen metro lines transport an average of eight million people daily. Twenty years before, line 1 handled just 1.1 million riders in the whole year.

Fascinated by how this development has dramatically changed the city’s social, economic and geographical structure, I explored the landscapes and the lives around every terminal station. These stations have become landmarks of the rapidly expanding city limits. Visiting each once, I spent a morning or afternoon documenting the brief encounter. The images were taken in my initial two months in Shanghai, during the hottest summer the city had experienced in 140 years. The project is published by Be-Poles as the book ‘Shanghai’, for the Portrait de Villes series.