Archive for January, 2012

Looking toward Hong Kong

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

We arrived late at night in Shenzhen’s Yantian area, which is along the beach facing Kowloon (Hong Kong’s “new territories”). This is where our client has its headquarters (Vanke Center).

Looking out from our hotel in this resort area were several huge colorful dancing figures placed on the beach with Hong Kong in the background. These were very well designed, giving a festive character to the beach. They were quite wonderful in terms of color and graceful positions.

This area of town had other sculptures interspersed in the entertainment district, but none were as good as these. The city is making an effort to create a true resort feeling in this otherwise benign urban area.

The tower is a major visual focus, and the new year ribbons at the base were great. Mac and I stopped to make write some wishes on them for our friends, family, and business. However, as we traveled upward, the messy condition were visible. The elevator floor was falling apart and rust was everywhere. At the terminus was the typical vendor drawing people’s pictures. Of course, he wanted to do mine since I was so “special.” There were some funny signs, and also a tacky shop selling all kinds of merchandise and blocking the vista. Overlooking that, it was a great experience.



Great clients make it all worth it

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Despite how exhausting it becomes, I enjoy traveling to China. I visited seven times this year, and am now finishing my first trip of 2012. Our clients there continue to give us incredible opportunities for which we are extremely grateful. (See one of our completed projects–Fish in the Garden in Guangzhou–here.)

I’ve enjoyed spending time with these people as you can see from these rare photos I’m posting of myself and our client in Fuzhou.

Culinary Adventures

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I’m not one to take pictures of my meals, but, after several sittings during which the food didn’t end up treating me well, I have to share this impressive meal I had with some colleagues in Shanghai.

The tofu topped with scallops and a bit of sauce was beautiful and quite yummy. Dessert was carefully cut fruit slices.

This restaurant certainly knew the importance of good culinary presentation.

I guess the old adage is true: “The eye eats first.”

As a bonus, I’ve also attached a picture of a cup of coffee I enjoyed. See the dragon?

Hints of Bohemia in China

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Outside Hong Kong, Shanghai is arguably the center of Western culture in China.

You can see in these shots that Bohemia has finally made its way over the Great Wall, both in the eclectic Western styles of the shops and the disarray of the surrounding neighborhood.

Magnificent Shanghai Bund

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The Bund area of Shanghai is my absolute favorite. It lies along the river, occupying the land formerly reserved for foreign customs houses and other European missions. Historically, however, it was primarily British.

A modern Peninsula Hotel was built a few years ago, yet it has a sophisticated art deco look. The canopies are well done, and the lanterns stand off nicely.

The dramatic lighting is generally fantastic.

I took pictures of the hotel and the larger area using my new iPhone. It takes pretty good pictures. You can see downtown Shanghai with its skyscrapers in the background in some shots.