In 1843, the British negotiated a deal where they created an area of self-rule for foreign powers. The French declined to join the Brits, and made a separate deal for their own Concession west of the Old City. They had their own electrical system and police force.
Window and fountain:
Tianzifang, a labyrinth of lanes filled with shops and restaurants:
Paint your own baby:
Beer bottle planter:
Narrow plank tables at the Kommune Restaurant, where the specialty on weekends is the Big Daddy Breakfast (3 egg omelet, 3 rashers of bacon, large country toast):
We had ham & Edam cheese sandwich and a Peking duck wrap for lunch.
Couldn't figure out these pipes on Sinan Road:
And as they grow, they pull away the stones:
The villas in the French Concession attracted senior officials of the Nationalist and Communist Parties.
We visited the former residence of Zhou Enlai, the first premier of the People's Republic of China. He was here in 1946-47 as head of the Shanghai Office of the Delegation of the Communist Party of China. Because the ruling Kuomintang refused to allow an office to be set up, the villa was known as Gen. Zhou Enlai's Abode. Although on paper the two parties were in agreement, the Communist Party of China wanted to expose the underhanded operations of the Kuomintang (supported by the U.S.). They did so by meeting with local and foreign press, and printing newspapers. Meanwhile, the Kuomintang kept surveillance on the house. Beside the former residence was a museum as a Memorial to the Office of the Delegation of the Communist Party of China, outlining its activities through photographs and papers.
Here is Zhou Enlai in the lovely courtyard:
More villas that have been renovated:
And a villa that has not:
After first going through the Museum of Sun Yatsen, where he presides out front:
Several times we have seen bridal couple being photographed. We don't know if they are the actual bridal couple, or models.
We definitely like the detours through local parks. Fuxing Park was established and designed by the French.
The Lyceum Theater:
The Rose Coffee Shop of the Okura Garden Hotel:
The brand new Shanghai Culture Square:
We couldn't get into the Ruijin Guesthouse last time, because it is still under reconstruction:
One of five villas in the compound.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Took a walk in the Changning area, and saw a couple buildings that I would call French in design: