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Business trip to Shanghai

The photos on this page have been taken during a business trip in and around Shanghai (上海) in May 2011. Most of them were taken on a sunday, because that was the only time we weren't meeting with people or travelling.

The comments are interspersed between the pictures. They belong with the picture above.

The Shanghai skyline from my hotel A park in Taizhou

On the left the skyline of Shanghai from my hotel room. The building that looks like a giant beer bottle opener is currently the highest building in Shanghai, the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC).

We visited a mould maker in Taizhou (台州), Zhejiang. On the right is the view from my hotel in Taizhou.

The Shanghai Tower under construction The Jin Mao tower, as seen from the SWFC.

The Shanghai Tower under construction, with the Jin Mao tower in the background. The size of the vertical support beams is absolutely huge!

The Jin Mao tower, as seen from the SWFC. Before the construction of the SWFC this was one of the highest buildings in Shanghai.

A view of the Puxi skyline from the SWFC. appartment complex in Shanghai

A view of the Puxi skyline from the SWFC. I was told that this is an exceptionally clear day in Shanghai, even if it looks kind of foggy to most of us.

This is the appartment complex where my boss used to live when he worked here in Shanghai. An appartment there could cost US$3000/month!

Me in the viewing gallery in the SWFC. The viewing gallery in the SWFC.

The viewing gallery in the SWFC. This is the top of the gap in the SWFC building.

Onboard the ferry from Puxi. A coal barge on the river.

Onboard the ferry from Puxi. A coal barge on the river. It looks like the skipper and his family are living on the boat.

Old Shanghai lost between the high-rise The old quarter of Shanghai.

Coming off the ferry, we see some remaining parts of the old Shanghai, lost between the highrise buildings. We walked through the old quarter.

Outside wash basins Narrow alleys

This is actually one of the wider streets. Washbasins were tucked away in odd corners. The second picture is much more typical of what we passed through.

City God temple, Shanghai Old Shanghai teahouse

The interior of the restored city god temple (城隍庙), now again a Taoist shrine. Later we drank a very nice tea in the old shanghai teahouse. This is the interior.

A view from the tea house Jasmine tea

The tea house is sitting in a pond. The surrounding walkways and bridges were absolutely packed with people, so we were glad to find room inside. I ordered jasmine tea, which arrived in a little teapot with a small cup and lots of hot water to top it up. It was quite nice.

The outside of the tea house Tang Dynasty vase in the Shanghai Museum

The outside of the tea house, with the SWFC in the background hidden by the haze.

On Sunday we had a day off and I visited the Shanghai Museum (上海 博物 馆). When I was about 12 years old, I was introduced to the Judge Dee novels, and read all of them with great interest. Since the character of Judge Dee was based on the real Tang Dynasty official Dí Rénjié (狄 仁傑), I especially looked at the Tang dynasty artefacts. This vase is one of them, IIRC. If you are intersted in chinese art and artefacts this museum is definitely worth your time!

Tang Dynasty horseman statue in the Shanghai Museum Tang Dynasty official statue in the Shanghai Museum

A Tang dynasty horseman and a Tang dynasty official.

Interesting vase in the Shanghai Museum Beautiful jade carving in the Shanghai Museum

An interesting kind of vase. The colors and decorations were not something I've seen before from China.

Also a beautifal carving in jade. Especially interesting is how the artist used the natural colors in the material to color the flowers.

Lacquer screen with jade inlay, Shanghai Museum Bronze sword with iron edges, Shanghai Museum

A beautliful lacquer screen with jade inlay. It reminded me of the Judge Dee novel The Lacquer Screen.

And an interesting piece from the transition from bronze to iron; a cross-section of a bronze sword with iron edges. I'm assuming that the bronze was cast with the iron placed in the mould.

Lost wax casting display 1, Shanghai Museum Lost wax casting display 2, Shanghai Museum

Some pictures of the lost wax casting technique.

Lost wax casting display 3, Shanghai Museum Lost-wax cast pot with cast-on handle

At the right a pot with a cast-on handle. The handle model was made out of rope and was burnt out when the mould was fired.

Outside of the Shanghai Museum Working in the lounge of our hotel

Left the outside of the museum. The round top sitting on the square bottom said to symbolize the ancient Chinese perception of "round sky, square earth".

The afternoon before flying home we were working in one of the lounges of the hotel. I went up to my room to get something and took this picture on the right.