ARTIST RESIDENCY CHINA — SHANGHAI, no. 43
On my last day in Shanghai and first time in a week I found myself unexpectedly on my own for two hours in the city. I set out to walk the length of Nanjing Road to the Bund, mostly emptied of tourists by Monday morning rain. The Peace Hotel, formerly Sassoon House and Cathay Hotel, has a storied past. It was meticulously restored in 2007 to it’s 1926-29 original art deco style. Photo placards detailed the parade of dignitaries, celebrities, and world leaders who have visited the hotel.
hammered metal reliefs in the main atrium
the original entrance, now closed
the original entrance hallway, now closed
Pudong from The Bund in the rain, looking east across the Huangpu River
nature wall planting on The Bund
Returning by a different road, a perfect authentic calligraphy supply shop appeared, offering a wide selection of brushes, paper, and ink. With so much to choose from, the shop clerk was very good at up-selling me despite our lack of a common language.
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