Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Pǔdōng, Shànghǎi, China — January 7, 2004
This picture was taken from the 87th floor of the Jīn Mào Dàshà 金茂大厦 looking down to the lobby of the Shànghǎi Grand Hyatt on the 53rd floor.
The lamb restaurant, Shànghǎi, China — January 27 2004
This photo was lost for about 12 years on but was found on the hard drive of a broken computer. It was subsequently extracted and recently restored.
View of Pǔdōng 浦东新区 from the roof of the Peace Hotel, Shànghǎi, China — January 7, 2004
The Peace Hotel has been renovated and is now the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai.
Argument on Qiú Jiāng Lù 虬江路, Shànghǎi, China — January 13, 2004
I was heading toward Gong Xing Lu 公兴路 during an epic walk of Shanghai one early afternoon, quite lost actually, when I stumbled unto this scene. The vendor was selling sesame-covered deep-fried dough balls and also what looks like a Chinese version of French toast. All of a sudden the guy on the left starts tearing into the food hawker, and no sooner does a loud, verbal argument ensue. I watched it for a moment, and even took this pic, but I never understood what the problem was. Perhaps it was a turf issue like, don't sell you stuff on my sidewalk?
View looking south over Suzhou Creek 苏州河, Shànghǎi, China — January 13, 2004
I found this bridge by chance and thought it was a nice view so I snapped this photo, which did not turn out as good as it looked in real life. At the time, I did not know where I was. Many years later, I found this photo location on Baidu maps total view, and this location happens to be on Tianmu West Road 天目西路, looking south over Suzhou Creek, which is also goes by the name Wusong River 吴淞江. You can see the futuristic Tomorrow Square building in the distance. As a side note, all the low-rise buildings along the river have been torn down and replaced by more modern high rises. It is baffling to see the difference.
Sidewalk on Huán Zhèn Nánlù 环镇南路, Shànghǎi, China — December 26, 2003
Many sidewalks in Chinese cities contain colorful arrays of tiles in different patterns and designs. They are a pleasure to walk down and I hope the trend continues.
Sign, Shànghǎi, China — January 23, 2004
There were chalk-written signs hanging everywhere in the back-alley neighborhoods of Shanghai, and really all over China. I never knew what any of them said but often thought the signs were photogenic and enjoyed trying to capture them. This one may be community guidance, a new rule, or even an advertisement of service. I'll ask someone who can read it one these days, but at that point, perhaps all allure will be lost.
In the taxi, Shànghǎi, China — January 13, 2004
Most of the Chinese taxis of this era had the driver encased in a plastic shield. I found this safety measure to be odd as my perception of China was that it was a safe place. When the ride was over, one paid by slipping money through one of the many gaps between the plastic and the car, such as the ceiling. As the cars were small, it was sometimes tough to maneuver around the plastic barrier and get comfortable, especially in the front passenger seat, or behind the driver. As such, we often tried to hail a larger taxi with more room.
Rapid modernization, Shànghǎi, China — January 7, 2004
China is noisy. But I am getting used to it. They say that 1/2 of all the tall cranes in the world are in Shanghai. Construction is rampant. Pounding, hammering, sawing, grinding, blasting, welding, jack-hammering. On top of that, the people are vocal. Talking, yelling, smiling, arguing, loving. There is nonstop activity here. It is a good time to be here.
Witnessing the deconstruction of old Shànghǎi, China — January 13, 2004
The developers were tearing the buildings around this old lady’s home, yet she still persisted to stay put. I wonder how long she was able to stay in the home before they forced her out? I wonder what she is doing today.
Jīn Mào Dàshà 金茂大厦, Pǔdōng, Shànghǎi, China — January 7, 2004
Jīn Mào Dàshà translates literally to Golden Prosperity Building. At the time of this photo, it was the tallest building in China. At the time of this photo, it is barren surrounding this building, but that is a temporary state, as any visitor to Shanghai now would see two adjacent buildings dwarfing this one. It is amazing how Shanghai has grown over the last two decades!
New replacing the old, Shànghǎi, China — January 13, 2004
This entire community had been recently bulldozed to make way for new construction. The previous occupants had perhaps lived here for generations. Where did they go?
Mosaic in the HSBC Building, Shànghǎi, China — January 7, 2004
You won’t get a better shot of this beautiful mosaic, trust me. The guards went crazy at the prospect of me even wanting to photograph this upside-down work of art. Nonetheless, I got one click before being escorted from the bank and back onto the Bund.
Fun with Chinglish, Peace Hotel, Shànghǎi, China — January 24, 2004