Saturday morning, J. and I went on a quick bike ride back to Nanpu bridge. I wanted to try photographing some of the demolished buildings before it started raining. The clouds were fast-moving and more menacing than the last weekend when it poured, so I assumed the weather would be worse. But for our whole trip, there wasn’t a drop of rain.
Frolicking topiary Haibo.
Man lighting fireworks in the street to celebrate a store opening. Boom!
A man points with joy from the entrance of the store.
Mother and child watch the explosions.
A battery of firecrackers is lit with a cigarette amongst the scraps of the last round.
A man, a rickshaw, and a corner full of boxes.
Collecting used beer bottles.
Casual noodle stall.
Man and rubble with Nanpu Bridge in background.
A quaint lane amongst the rubble of semi demolished older buildings.
Pathway through the rubble.
Old versus new.
Construction worker tends to some metal poles.
Cart with reclaimed wood.
All along the watchtower.
Pigeon coops under a menacing sky.
Worker repairing shovel with welds.
Crew trying to drive a dump truck over bricks.
Blue warehouse by the river.
The muddy, smelly, and torn up road by the river.
Nanpu bridge towers over old buildings.
Long truck causes traffic jam.
Taxi cab, crushed.
Gate blocked by beer at a floating restaurant near the bridge.
The beer gate.
The dragon boat restaurant.
Elevated highway, dust, and bus.
Little dog in little alley.
An inaccurate globe marks the Hexie development.
Nice little neighborhood.
Temporary bamboo screens.
Freshly paved major road.
For dinner, we met a friend from work and three of his friends from Singapore. Our restaurant was called Guyi, a higher-end and well respected maker of Hunan cuisine. With a group of six, lots of spicy and delicious dishes could be ordered.
Snacks at Guyi: peanuts and spicy preserved vegetable.
Spicy cucumber and fungus.
Spicy chicken and bamboo shoots.
Prawns on sticks.
Fat and stems.
Famous fish with spicy pickled topping.
Batter fried potato in crispy syrup.
After our late dinner, the evening was cool and windy. We came home and I struggled to get a decent connection for multiplayer Crysis Wars as J. knitted a blanket.