This morning on our beer-run, we took the long way and found this shop:
For a big late lunch, we went to the Hongmei Pedestrian Street, one of the many "food streets" in Shanghai.
It is made up of several blocks of restaurants, mostly of "foreign" cuisine. Hier ist Papas Bierstube:
They were out of the IPA (http://www.shanghaibrewery.com/our-brews/our-beers/), so Kent had the Amber to go with his Sausage Platter:
I had the schnitzel and fries, and a salad, too:
We ate a big late lunch because we were asked to be ready for the van to Zhujiajiao by 4:30 PM. We had a wonderful opportunity to see "Water Heavens," a musical performance composed by Tan Dun. Our Grand Gateway got us tickets at 20% off, and were providing transportation to and from the show.
We had been to Zhujiajiao just the week before, so we knew it could take over an hour to get there. We had also seen the theater:
Below is a view of the rear of the theater:
It turned out there were only three of us from Grand Gateway attending the concert and we arrived in less than an hour. We had an hour and a half to show our companion a bit of the town and have drinks before the show. "
Water Heavens" was a fabulous show, described as architectural music for strings, water, pipa and voice. They also used the steel beams, floor and stairs. And the monks chanting across the river. Learn more from Tan Dun: http://www.tandunonline.com/visualmusic/Water-Heavens.html.
(Photo from Shanghai CityWeekend Magazine. We did get splashed as our seats could not have been any closer to the action! There are some photos here: http://www.chinascott.com/2010/09/29/tan-duns-water-heavens/)
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Kent was leaving on a business trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I accompanied him since it was sunny and he was taking the Maglev train. We still had to take the Metro to get to the Maglev, but it cuts the time of the commute to the Pudong International Airport.
Here it comes:
The station at the airport:
I took the Metro on the way home, and in the same 30 km/18.6 miles, the Metro makes an additional 10 stops and you have to change trains along the way.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A few more villas, these are on the Cypress Hotel grounds at 2419 Hongqiao Road:
With its own address of 2409 Hongqiao Lu:
The next villa was also built in the 1930s, in Spanish-style, and was owned by the American-Oriental Banking Corporation.