Friday, November 19, 2010

Shanghaied

For now, I'm loading images without narrative and just a bit of commentary. Since we went to Shanghai without the laptop, my observations of this remarkable society and culture (for what they may be worth) were made the old fashioned way in pen and ink in my journal and will be added in time, inshallah . . .

These are from our first day and the bus tour, an overview of the city:
I tried here to convey just a bit of the architectural diversity of the city
For those of you who know her, Rosa greatly enjoyed the sites as she enjoys all her travels.
It is said that the city used to belong to bicycles and then to scooters. Today is seems owned by cars, though not entirely.
The walkway along the PuDong River is referred to as The Bund, housing, among much else, the city buildings.
This highlights the pall that settles over the city as the day passes. We were not at all sure how much is natural and how much pollution.
We were not prepared for what modern Asian cities do by night with architecture and light.






The second day, our only full day in Shanghai, was given over to temples, starting with the Man Mo temple . . .
And then to the Jade Temple, no images of the jade Buddha. The Chinese seem quite comfortable with visitors to the shrines and encourage images, but the jade Buddha is beyond that, it seems.

The reclining Buddha
After visiting the jade Buddha, we made our way toward the monastary and stream and gardens.
This little fellow with his light amused me.
And the not so coy Koi
The temple was really remarkable not just for the buddhas, which convey a powerful spirituality, but for the place. It was a snapshooter's paradise and at the end we found it hard to leave this island of tranquility for all the people. Remarkable!
The ancient and the modern
the ancient and the modern and the divine and mundane
After the sacred, we went fully for the profane. Our hotel was located close to the Nanjing pedestrian Mall. Unlike many of the new shopping areas (there is a street dedicated for two blocks to nothing but watches, from Omega to Breguet and Vacheron and beyond) this combines some luxury goods with more everyday goods. It is also just a great kaleidoscope of city life, the old, the new . . .

The drabness of the cultural revolution surely a thing of the past
More of the ubiquitous scooters


Our final day in Shanghai was devoted to the Shangai Museum on Renmen (People's) Square. I'm not much for photographing museum exhibits, but I trust that these images of porcelains and jades will speak for themselves.
The building, itself, is a marvel



These rooms settings were stunning


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