Sunday, April 10, 2011
Time for a walk in the park. People's Park was once a racecourse for horse racing. It was torn down in 1949 as a symbol of western decadence. The northern half was made into a park, and the southern portion became People's Square for political rallies. Later People's Square would become the landscaped home for the Shanghai Museum.
The office building housing BASF, Harbour Ring Plaza, looms over the Southeast corner of the Square.A sidewalk sweeper - there is one of these and a hundred human sweepers!
Ground lamps and an false rock speaker:
The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center behind cherry trees with people posing for photos:
To the east of People's Park, there is a church surrounded by tall buildings.
The People's Park includes a very small amusement park:
That is the Radisson Hotel (2005) in the background with the space ship top (a revolving restaurant).
where you can drive in any direction you wish!
Placing individual river stones in the decorative gutter:
One of our goals today was to find the Marriage Market:
Imagine three of these tents full of personal ads placed by the parents and grandparents of prospective brides and grooms.
Another stylish tree protector.
There was also a model of the Bund, and a relief sculpture on the wall called "A Million People Moving House in Shanghai."
A model of the Garden Bridge with a trolley:
Monday, April 11th
Had to take advantage of a clear day to take more photos. The Shanghai Concert Hall:
Tomorrow Square rises above the Shanghai Museum:
An Art Deco apartment house:
Designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier.