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.
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!
As you can see there are some interesting buildings in Shanghai. And you can also see the resemblance to the Shard!
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.
As you may remember, our hotel was within the French Concession. Here are some more photos of that area. We found a Botero statue in one square. This really amused us having just come back from Medellin, the sculptor’s home town, which of course, has such statues all over the place…
On the Bund was the old Custom House.
Finally, some images that are rather different from Shanghai.
In future posts I’ll tell you about our visits to Suzhou and the Humble Administrator’s Garden; Lingyin Temple and the West Lake
- Arriving in Shanghai: Tea and French Influences (tiggerrenewing.wordpress.com)