Monday, September 16, 2013

Dec 2012: walking down history lane


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heh@ taxi warning…

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So I popped over to the Bund to meet a friend of mine, but I went there a bit early to do a quick walkabout.

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So the taxi dropped me off at this corner and I could see up the Bund.

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looking back across to the Pudong side.

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very well lighted.

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This is the number 7 building, the Great Northern Telegraph Building.

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And then I reach something that’s a bit personal to me, number 12 Bund.

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a solid doorway, behind a solid metal door.

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the two lions.

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currently inhabited by the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

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Impressive columns on this building. This was originally the HSBC building but for a variety of reasons, we were unable to purchase this building when the economy opened up, so we took the other building, this would have been fabulous to see..

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Looking back again at the skyline

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back down.

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This is the customs house, number 13. You cant see the top in these photographs but it has a clock tower which is designed after the Big Ben in London.

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well lighted…

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And then they copied one of the NY bulls, lol.

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This is number 5, now the bank of Ayudhya, but used to belong to Nissin, a shipping company back then.

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there’s the lotus building.

then I met my friend, had couple of drinks and then we decided to go to an authentic local hole in the wall to have a bite to eat.

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Hmmm, some kind of a palanquin..what’s it doing here?

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Moving into the old city.

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the gates were pretty impressive, if very new looking

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nicely done..but not that many people around, it was getting on, almost 10:30 or so

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i love those upturned roofs.

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and then this one, noice..

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the sphere inside the dragon’s mouth is a pearl. Signifying a mystical object or a celestial object like the sun.


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nice i like this area

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very nicely decorated, but bitterly cold..

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well signposted and in English as well.

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we decided to head inside

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and then a lady trying to take it easy? or a tramp?

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now that’s an impressive building, love the carved railings.

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there’s the famous tea house

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with the zig zag bridge to get to it, you see dragons and ghosts can only travel in straight lines so you are protected :)

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Looks very impressive, unfortunately it was closed otherwise I would have loved to sit there and had some tea and dumplings.

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heading back

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And turtles

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so we went off, as most of the dumpling places were closed

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and we reached a very nice place :

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we had two dumplings.

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really really lovely

then i went back to the hotel, had a very hot shower to warm up

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early morning headed to the airport

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its nice

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well arranged and decorated

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and the sun is popping up now..

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