A gray day today. We tried to go to a vegetarian restaurant, Vegetarian Lifestyle, in the Gubei area, but it turned out to be a grocery shop, coffee shop, and art gallery (called Vegetarian Lifestyle...).
Decided to walk up Hongqiao Road to No. 1921, to see what I thought were going to be historic villas at the Xijiao State Guest House.
We learned that the hotel complex was established in 1960, and is the largest 5-star garden hotel in Shanghai. The property covers 1200 mu/80 hectares/about 200 acres. This was soon apparent as we walked along the tree-lined driveway with no civilization in sight. Finally reached a gate:
A waterway with a footbridge:
The lawn being manicured:
A few Cedrus deodara/Himalayan Cedars and bamboo:
with Ophiopogon japonicus/Mondo Grass as underbrush.
The Yixing Pavilion:
On 6/14/2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov, and Uzbek President Islam Karimov attended the 6th meeting of the Council of States of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. They met here at this pavilion and also planted a commemorative tree in Shanghai.
Kent taking a picture of snails along the bank of the lake:
was built in a style influenced by architecture seen in the Jiangnan region of southern China. Also known as the Muru House, it has 180 rooms.
The "quad" of Building 7:
We were losing daylight, so it was time to leave.