SHANGHAI 2

Xhengjian dumplings
Xhengjian dumplings
Prisoner in a dumpling prison
Prisoner in a dumpling prison
Old Shanghai architecture
Old Shanghai architecture
 Noodle Boys on break
Noodle Boys on break

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Bike and Rice Break
Bike and Rice Break

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This is part re-told from a friend living in Shanghai and bits and pieces from the internet: “Moller Villa: Legend has it that Jewish Eric Moller came to Shanghai in 1919 empty-handed and made his fortune here by winning large sums at the horse races, culminating in the construction of this fantasy home for his daughter. The daughter is said to have had a dream in which she saw a castle like those in the Hans Andersen fairy tales. On awakening, she drew a sketch. The father was so fond of his youngest daughter that he immediately commissioned an architect to build her dream house.

In reality the Mollers were originally Swedish with British citizenship. Eric Moller was the son of wealthy businessman Nils Moller, who had started a business in Hong Kong in the 1860s. It was said that a fortune-teller told Moller that if he ever finished the house, ill-fortune would befall him. So Moller dawdled, adding bits and bobs for more than 10 years, finally completing the task in the late 1940s. According to Johnston, Moller’s daughter said that the fortune-teller tale too is false, but there is no doubt that Moller’s fortunes took a turn for the worse following the breakout of World War II.

Moller left Shanghai in 1950 soon after the communists came to power. A few years later on a flight to Singapore, as his daughter Nancy watched and waited for him at Singapore’s Kallang Airport, his Qantas plane crashed on landing, killing Eric Moller and 32 other passengers.”
Jamison in his Shanghai Apartment
Jamison in his Shanghai Apartment
Ghosts of People Past
I could feel the presence of people who lived in the apartment many years ago.
All Pictures: APR09. Shanghai, China. (Sony Camera and Lens)
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SHANGHAI

As we walked through or towards the French Concession...
As we walked through or towards the French Concession…
A walkway in Fu Xing Park
A walkway in Fu Xing Park
Highway Pillars
Highway Pillars

The one that is gray and has a design on it is unique. Legend has it that as they built the highway, that’s the one spot they couldn’t get a pillar to go into…they tried and tried. Finally, they contacted a Buddhist monk, who informed them that they couldn’t put a pillar there because there was a dragon down there. If they drew a dragon motif on a pillar, then they would be able to put it in the ground. So they did, and they did.

Construction along the skyline
Construction along the skyline
The guys responsible for the construction along the skyline
The guys responsible for the construction along the skyline
Famous Teahouse in The Old Town. Used to be a private residence
Famous Teahouse in The Old Town. Used to be a private residence
Waiting for Dumplings
Waiting for Dumplings

Nan Xiang Dumplings: Jamison in line for famous and delicious dumplings. 16 for $2! Cheap and awesome!

Amazing Chinese dumplings! Xiaolongbao
Amazing Chinese dumplings! Xiaolongbao
Hey, that's not the 'Peace' sign. Shanghai's next top model hamming it up with her brother in the park...shoving bottle in his face...
Hey, that’s not the ‘Peace’ sign. Shanghai’s next top model hamming it up with her brother in the park…shoving bottle in his face…
Jamison with new friends. The boy can't quite figure out what's going on.
Jamison with new friends. The boy can’t quite figure out what’s going on.
The Pearl Tower and the financial district across from The Bund. Pic taken on rooftop balcony of Captain Hostel.
The Pearl Tower and the financial district across from The Bund. Pic taken on rooftop balcony of Captain Hostel.

All Pictures: APR09. Shanghai, China. (Sony Camera and Lens)