More about Shanghai: Bund and Rain

The Peace Hotel - used to be known as The Cathay

The Peace Hotel – used to be known as The Cathay

The coincidences recently have prompted me to put up some more photos about Shanghai. I hope you enjoy them. Here I am standing in the grand Art Deco lobby of the Peace Hotel – by far and away the most expensive hotel in Shanghai to stay in. We just had coffee and cake there when we got tired of the rain. Before the 2nd WW it was known as the Cathay Hotel and was very smart even then. It used to have a nightclub where they played Jazz – very risque then… and was full of ‘foreigners’ ie non-Chinese as at that time Shangahi was still run by many different nations, with a French Quarter and an International Settlement where you could find all nations including Russians and Germans, as well as the English of course. It was a very busy port and trading centre.

A wonderful piece of art in the Peace Hotel. A Wall panel no less!

A wonderful piece of art in the Peace Hotel. A Wall panel no less!

This is the Maglev Train which reached 431 kilometres per hour within 1 minute. It took 1 minute to reach it. It cruised at this speed for 1 minute, and then started slowing down. The full journey time was, yes, 3 minutes from start to finish!

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The Shanghai skyline

The Shanghai skyline

As you can see there are some interesting buildings in Shanghai. And you can also see the resemblance to the Shard!

The Bund in Shanghai in the Rain

The Bund in Shanghai in the Rain

A rather moody picture as it was raining quite heavily at this point….

I have shown you some photos of the Ruijin hotel garden (where we stayed in Shanghai), but the interior was very fine also. Here is the library room which overlooked a magnificent fountain from the terrace attached. And that’s the dining room you can see through the doorway.

The wonderful library room in our Ruijin Hotel.

The wonderful library room in our Ruijin Hotel.

Ruijin Hotel Lobby

Ruijin Hotel Lobby

Night -time outside the entrance to our Hotel Block

Night -time outside the entrance to our Hotel Block

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A Botero statue in Shanghai! A Colombian sculptor...

A Botero statue in Shanghai! A Colombian sculptor…

 

Asian plane tree and French Concession

Asian plane tree and French Concession

Moody Skyline across the Bund

Moody Skyline across the Bund

A flower garden on the wall, along the Bund

A flower garden on the wall, along the Bund

An incongruous sight... along the main road edge, by a block of flats.

An incongruous sight… along the main road edge, by a block of flats.

Not so new Shanghai - the roads do have some older buildings for tourists primarily.

Not so new Shanghai – the roads do have some older buildings for tourists primarily.

'Disney' China. Old buildings revamped and 'blinged' for tourists.

‘Disney’ China. Old buildings revamped and ‘blinged’ for tourists.

Night-time in 'Disney' China

Night-time in ‘Disney’ China

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