Shanghai   8 comments

And so we near the end — but still more time in China. This time in Shanghai, beginning with a view of the port.

Shanghai Port

The thing of outstanding interest in Shanghai is the difference between the Bund, the side of the Huang Pu River that is the older site, and it’s opposite bank, the bustling new and modern Shanghai that was once an area of some few homes and ample forestation. We started our excursion on the new side at the museum,

Shanghai Museum

gorgeously modern on the outside, and most beautiful on the inside, beginning with the ground floor.

Museum Ground floor

Photography – without flash — was allowed, so I took a few shots, though my camera was a bit restless. Just a couple good enough to show here. First, a furniture display.

Furniture DisplayThen a happy Buddha.

Happy Buddha

Here’s more of what the modern side looked like’

Tallest Buildings seen from Bund

Modern Side of Huangpu River

Our next stop was at the Bund, the other side of the river, which gave a better view of the tall buildings.

One building-in-process intrigued me because of the method. The top and the bottom were unfinished, but the mid section looked pretty complete.

2d tallest buliding 1

Second tallest building 2

2d Tallest Building 3

I happened to see the building later in the March 2013 Popular Science. It turns out I was looking at the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world and a particularly interesting engineering feat. Googling told me credit goes to the San Francisco Architecture firm Gensler.

But now join me in looking directly at the Bund itself,

On the Bund

including a wall of flowers

Flower wall at the Bund

and a statue which seems to extol the strength of the working man.

On the Bund -  statue

But we’re not done yet. It’s time for lunch.

Ready for Lunch

Once again a very modern, even elegant, hotel greeted us. We still haven’t hit the traditional Chinese method of service.

Back on the street, we had another chance to share in the celebration of the Chinese New Year by observing decorations on the street.

New Year's street scene

Picking up on the theme of comparing markets, here we have a market in Shanghai, with more New Year’s celebration.

At the market

And now on to the the YuYuan gardens, appreciated by crowds of people, so it wasn’t easy to get photos of the scenes we passed in approaching the entrance. It was a matter of luck whether the camera grabbed a shot as we moved through.

Crowds approach YuYuan GardensNotice the crowds in the upper part of the photo, and you’ll see what I mean. And take a look at the header for today — the YuYuan gardens.

I’m realizing this was a very full day, ’cause we’re not done yet. We still have the Jade Buddha Temple to visit.

Jade Buddha Temple

Unfortunately I didn’t realize until the end of the trip that my little old camera could take motion pictures. If I had known, I could have done better than just a still photo of the chant and response at the temple.

Chant


Reaponse

But we did finally head back to the ship, but not the end of interesting things to note about Shanghai — a bright and active night life.

Shanghai at night

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8 responses to “Shanghai

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  1. Thanks, Mona, for the informative travelogue. Great pics.

  2. I loved all of your flowers but I really adored the wall of flowers

  3. You’re welcome.

  4. You know that for reasons I do not understand, I have difficulty responding directly on your site.  It may be my underlying doubts about worthiness of comments in that particular place.  But I do have some comments.

    I find the visual presentations in this, and I think, other Asian countries and cultures to be an interesting contrast. I personally do not warm to the complex, very “busy” buildings, statues,etc.  Even the popular garden seemed gaudy amd somehow contrived to me. And for all the peace and tranquility that Budda is, I believe, intended to portray, some of the statues seem just too complex. I do appreciate the modern buildings and see something of the simple, yet Asian forms and methods in the construction.  But the photo that I would feel most comfortable in would be that of the Bund section.  Seems solid, enfolding, simple etc.  And the ability to see beauty in so many flowers and to arrange them, both in the creative complexity of the wall, but also in artful displays of one or three gives me a sense of peace. The celebrations, busy signs on windows, lanterns – all that stuff only makes me want to move on.

    The contrasts make me wonder what they demonstrate of the culture itself.

    Thank you so much for sharing all that you have.  And you will have to go back again to get a video of the chant and response.  I really want to see and hear that.

    njg50@comcast.net
  5. Nice.  I’m a little jealous.

    tappersal@comcast.net

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