Saturday, May 7, 2011
Let's take advantage of another sunny day!
The Jing'an Temple or Temple of Tranquility, was established in the year 247, and moved to this location in Shanghai in 1216. Destroyed and rebuilt multiple times, the last reincarnation began in 1999 and appears to be ongoing.
People hold a bundle of burning incense sticks and bow while praying:
View from the main hall down on the courtyard:
It has water in its fountain:
The Jing'an Temple was built near a Bubbling Well, which has since been covered and paved and built over, and no one knows its original location. But there is plenty of water in Jing'an Park, first at the Taihu Rockery/Grotto:
Later I found his former residence:
Back in Jing'an Park
A koi pond:
Jing'an Temple from the other side of the park:
I did find the Bubbling Well Alley:
Nanjing Road Dali-esque melted clock:
Little guy with his ushanka (fur cap):
Street planters (there are even planters along the elevated highway!):
With decoration details worthy of a wedding cake, it was appropriate that a wedding exposition was in rogress!
We don't know why Snow White and the Seven Dwarves are on this sign:
Sunday, May 8th
We were invited to a Champagne Brunch at the Westin Bund Centre:
There was a Chihuly-like glass sculpture in the atrium:
The brunch had two floors of food stations, and entertainment including concert music, opera singing, acrobat/contortionists, jugglers, and dancers.