Saturday was spent between work emails. Luckily, I had time to spend with J. in Fuxing in Park and on a second visit to the top of Lupu Bridge. The weather was perfect, sunny and dry with mild temperature. Hordes were out in the park, playing cards, chatting around tea, listening to fortune-tellers, flying kites, ballroom dancing, roller-blading, practicing Tai Chi, singing. It was a lively environment. Chinese parks are wonderful when the people are out.
In the afternoon, J. and I paid our 36RMB($5.50) each to go up to the top of Lupu Bridge. Last December, we went too but the air was so cold and windy we didn’t stay on the platform for very long. We were curious how much progress had been made on the Shanghai Expo site since then. The answer: a lot. A few of the pavilions look nearly complete from the outside and some of the landscaping along the river is complete. The view from the top of the bridge is made even more inspiring by such massive changes going on below.
Self portrait in reflector.
Couple sits, watching fountain in Fuxing Park.
Huge skates, little cones.
Kids watching the fountain, trying not to pee.
Little remote car.
Two men playing the Chinese Fiddle as a woman sings.
Girl running inside an inflatable tube on a pond.
Cool shades kid in his little hand-cranked boat.
Stone tables and stools.
Red dragon fly.
Frog sitting in his own bubbles.
Another frog. I like frogs.
Queen of diamonds, underwater.
Woman hauling cart with yolk across a glitzy shopping street.
Flag stand and crossing guards tea container.
Digging a ditch.
Steamed buns art on delivery truck.
Milk and yellow thing on the same truck.
The highway reaches towering height to become the Lupu Bridge.
Under the bridge and dreaming.
Haibo greets all tourists.
Ascending the stairs up the arch to the viewing platform.
J. on the stairs with western Shanghai behind her.
View of the river from the viewing platform.
Epic panoramic of northern Shanghai from the viewing platform. 7000px wide image.
J. studying the nearly completed China pavilion.
A new ferry terminal.
The absolutely massive Theme Pavilion.
Expo Performance Center shot in fake tilt-shift.
Another building on Puxi side.
Large pedestrian walkway.
Possibly the Information and Communication Pavilion?
Rows and rows of housing in the distance in Pudong.
Distant bridge in the haze.
Old waterway, mostly blocked off.
Barges in a row.
Police boats in a row.
Massive, ugly towers rise from the haze.
The two current tallest buildings in Shanghai truly do tower over everything else.
Barrels on a boat.
Crew sits among wenches on a passing boat.
Long metal bars being transported.
Little men on a big muddy pier.
Lonely man stares at his shadow.
Air conditioner inspectors.
Old building on the Expo site that was saved from demolition.
One last look at the bridge.
Boxes of shoe boxes stacked outside a shoe store.
Another ditch beside two chefs.
Cheers to another photogenic Saturday.