Monday, March 26, 2012

Xujiahui Park Revisited (3/26/2012)

Monday, March 26, 2012
The housekeeping crew has changed their times a bit, so that they are not finished when I am finished in the gym. So I have taken some walks in the neighborhood
Xujiahui Park has some new signs:
Magnolia buds:
An outbuilding for storage:
The park inculdes a "Cultural Relic" of which Shanghai has thousands:
The doors of the former office of the Asia-Pacific headquarters of Pathé Orient:
Pathé was a recording studio (now British recording label EMI), and considered the cradle of the China recording industry.
The building was constructed in 1921 of brick and wood:
It was called "La Villa Rouge."
The back of the villa:
The park even had new trash cans:
With a special opening for batteries.
Sculpture titled "New Generation:"
Made by an American sculptor, Manuel Carbonell, in 1988, and placed here in 2007.
A century-old camphor tree:
Note the pair of sword dancers practicing to the left.
Stepping stones:
Elevated walkway:
Over on Hengshan Road, the New Hengshan Cinema:
Remodeled in 2010 in "fake Art deco-style," called fako.
Another sculpture with tai ji-er:

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Hengshan Road, fake door:
This time, Hengshan Park:
This park was originally opened in 1926 to foreigners only.
Good thing these ladies are not stepping on the grass:
Unidentified bird:
Thanks to Bruno, I have identified the Pycnonotus sinensis/Light-vented or Chinese Bulbul. Fairly common, but they never stay still, except to hover a bit to catch insects. Amazing to watch.
Paper bushes:
Bust of Shen Junru:
He was the first President of the Supreme People's Court in China (1949-1954).
On Wanping Road, a recycler takes a siesta:
While a street cleaner has her siesta:
Interesting mailbox:
On Huaihai Road, the You Huang Li villa:
Built in the 1930s, this wood and brick building was part of the residence of the French Consul.
Ferguson Lane Number 378:
A new construction...
to add to Ferguson Lane Number 376:
Ferguson Lane is a small lane of galleries and cafes:
Bicycles are often parked on the sidewalk in areas marked with white painted lines, and usually an attendant is there to collect money.
This one is on her cell phone:

1 comment:

jish said...

What a wonderful surprise to come across your blogg. I was looking at the google photos of Manuel Carbonell and came across the one you had taken in Shanghai! Thank you for the tribute. Just so happens my boyfriend is the person who donated it to the Shanghai Cultural Development Association. (Ricardo Gonzalez III) He was his uncle, who recently passed away last Nov. and created up until his 93rd birthday. I was very close to him, so for me to see that you had taken an interest from around the globe, makes me very happy. I wrote a Wikipedia contribution on him. I was in Shanghai and missed a visit, expecting to go back this Nov. and will have another opportunity. Some family members were just there, but did not find the sculpture, so I will forward them your info to share. Many blessings on all your incredible journey's.