The Bund: a mini-phog.What with my recent illness--which was not, in fact, bird flu, despite my mom's concerns--I haven't been out and/or about much lately so I don't have much new news to report. But don't despair: thanks to the fortuitous combination of a digital camera and lots of empty room on my computer's hard drive, I have quite a few never-before-seen pictures, and with nothing else to say, this seems like a perfect time to dump ... er, share ... some of them with you.
With that in mind, here's a bunch of pictures--a mini-phog (photo blog), if you will--from Shanghai's famous riverfront, the Bund, which means either "embankment" in German or "muddy confluence" or something or other in Indian. Actually, I guess it might mean both, but the point is that no one really seems to be sure how the Bund got its name, since I've heard both explanations. At any rate, embankment or muddy confluence or insanely polluted waterway, here's some pictures.
The old, European side of the Bund, seen from on high.
The Bund again, early in the morning. The building with the clock is the old Customs House.
The view across the Huangpu River from the Bund. The area in the picture is called Pudong. The big building on the right is the Jinmao Tower, and it's almost 1,400 feet tall. I think it's the third-tallest building in the world, but if not, it's definitely in the Top 10. Probably.
The mighty Huangpu River. As you can see, it's pretty big, and also fairly deep, what with the big ships and all.
The Pudong side at sunrise. I'd say it's pretty as a picture, but, you know, it is a picture. Or something.
A pair of old men doing their morning exercises on the Bund. Nice form, don't you think?
If you follow the subtle arrow, you'll notice that OSHA requirements--or their Chinese equivalent--don't really apply, or even exist, here in China. For the record, she's eight stories or so up. That'll wake you up in the morning!
The Customs House at night.
The Pudong side at night. The bright, square-shaped blob under the Aurora sign on the right is actually a giant video screen that shows ads all night. Very Blade Runner, don't you think?
See the Bund. See the Customs House. See Jason trying to figure out how to use the shutter speed setting on his fancy camera he only vaguely knows how to use.