Saturday, June 2, 2012

Changfeng Park (6/2/2012)

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Today we met Bruno outside the Metro Line 2 Loushanguan station. Walked west on Tianshan Lu, turned right on Gubei Lu. On our way to Changfeng Park, we passed a couple auto detailing shops:
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We crossed the Wusong River, lined with parks:
This is the Shanghai Brand and Matchbox Label Museum:
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Notice the columns that resemble matches.
Gubei Lu turns into Daduhe Lu where you turn right on Guangfu Xi Lu, and you will see the entrance to the park across the street.
We were greeted by multiple Haibaos in Changfeng Park:
They are removing some of the thousands of Haiboas (mascot of the 2010 Expo) from around the city, but these look like they could stay.
An island in the lake:
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The "stone carving" on the Young Pioneers Lawn:
Kent & Tamiko with a couple of young pioneers:
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The directional signs in the park:
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This park contained Ocean World Aquarium and a Beluga Whale Show Stadium.
And feet-running bota retails (pedal boat rentals):
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Intricate wooden puzzles for sale:
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Chinese-knot items:
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Including ping pong ball carriers:
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Lake scene:
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Jitterbugging couple:
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Flautist:
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Pebble mosaic walkway:
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The Aussies:
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Bruno and the Roos (sounds like a band name!).
These were electric boat rentals:
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Another way to tie back the flaps of the tent:
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Goldfishing:
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An algae pond:
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The girl on the left has chestnut curly hair extensions...
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An inflatable playground:
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One of the things we were looking for was the art installation called "Treehugger" that is a modern pedestrian bridge going around a tree. We couldn't find it, but if you look closely at the left side of the above picture, you can see it!
Of course, the playground is full of kids:
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But you can see that pedestrian bridge to the left!
I went back later in the week to find this thing and get a real photo:
Once, you used to be able to walk up the bridge, but not today:
"Treehugger" (2010) is by Edwin Zakman, a Dutch conceptual artist who likes to put things in a new context.
Plaza with weeping pagoda trees and guardian lions:
A youngster hugs a lion:
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Tamiko and Bruno by the bloomin' ligustrum:
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Tamiko & Kent by the lake:
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The Ocean World Aquarium:
We considered going in the aquarium which is built under the lake, but the queue went a quarter of the way around the lake!
You can get a combination ticket with the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, so Jackie Chan was there to promote that:
A juvenile Spheniscus humboldti/Humboldt penguin on display:
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Changfeng Park's Crane Pond:
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Tamiko with the Monkey King:
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Bruno with the Monkey King:
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The boat wharf:
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Lake scene:
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A toy shop:
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There were several crying kids in the area...
We exited the park and turned left toward Zaoyang Road, a food street.
Birds in cages on the sidewalk:
The Common Hill Myna kept saying "Ni hao" ("hello").
The unidentified bird was "showing off:"
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An entrance to the East China Normal University, right onto the food street:
We had lunch at the spicy place, I guess:
Boesenbergia rotunda/Finger root:
Tamiko & Kent survey the remains of the feast:
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Watch out for the end of that metal bar (with blue material on it):
If you need some shade, put the shade tent up on top of your booth and never mind about the legs hanging over the sidewalk...
Later a right turn onto Jinshajiang Lu.
Sidewalk bicycle repair shop:
All you need is a bucket of water, and air pump, and some patches.
University = student incubation:
$2.50 pairs of shoes:
Bruno got a deal on a tennis bag: bargaining with the woman re-stringing a racquet, and getting his price after walking away and being called back by the old guy who was sitting to one side drinking tea.
Dome construction:
I didn't have to worry about this guy catching me taking a photo:
After being in Shanghai so long, we call those windshields "windscreens."
This seemed like an odd place for Old World European vehicles:
Headquarters for Christine Bakeries, whose shareholders are from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the British Virgin Islands...
Nice painted stools for $2.36:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A few more photos from my Changfeng Park follow-up.
Purple streetlights on Jinshajiang Road:
A big fish in the net:
But it was dead.
Petunia tree and bushes:
Plus some midweek badminton and posing.

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