ARTIST RESIDENCY CHINA — SHANGHAI, no. 46
It seems appropriate for friends and food to be at the center of my last night in China. Wang arranged for himself and his three students who were my guides to meet for the evening. After finding the first choice closed, we had dinner at a Xinjiang-style restaurant. Later walking in the dark, we passed a group of people crouched in a dimly lit area next to a panel truck. Only after threading our way between their scattered work was it clear they were sorting hundreds of priority mail packages on the sidewalk. We walked to the Bund where Pudong’s cartoon architecture and the Oriental Pearl cycled through a gaudy light show. The whole night Wang carried a gift he’d brought for me: a traditional ceramic tea set. The case was repeatedly opened and searched the next day on my return through Shanghai and Beijing airport security.
taking our dinner request
the city at night walking to the Bund
the Nanjing Road at night
the Peace Hotel at night
with my fantastically generous hosts, photograph taken by a passing stranger
Pudong from the Bund, the Shanghai Tower half dark (right)
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