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The former Royal Asiatic Society building

Far from the maddening crowds on the Bund, the Rockbund Art Museum on Huqiu Lu (虎丘路) is a favored destination that singularly embodies the East meets West history, design and architecture of…

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The simplicity in patterned wood

I’ve always liked the predictability and soothing effect of uncomplicated patterns. This was one reason why I found myself standing in front of a discreet entrance off the…

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The diversity of design in shikumen headers

What makes a shikumen (石库门) header an architectural tapestry so emblematic of Shanghai? The grey stone pediment, shaped in a triangle or semi-circle, contains designs that range from the…

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Suzhou Literary Festival Roundup

This past weekend was spent in the very lovely Suzhuo at the Bookworm bookstore, partaking in the Suzhou Literary Festival activities. I especially want to thank everyone who…

Billboards on Huaihai Lu

What I am reading this week

It’s going to be a busy weekend. I’m headed to Suzhou to lead a street photography workshop on March 18 (Sun) as part of the Suzhou Literary Festival. I’m…

The ladies within

The ladies within

How many times have we seen the warm, red lights flickering on a dark and empty street in the middle of the night? The window panes are frosted…

Noodle snack meal

What I am reading this week

The sun’s finally graced Shanghai in all its glory after weeks, weeks of depressing grey skies and irritating drizzle. I hope you’re out and about basking in nature’s warmth, taking…

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A dog’s life

Warning! Some images may be disturbing for readers. The village of Jiangtaiwa (将台洼村) and  Dongcuijia (东崔家村 ) are two of several clustered villages between the fourth and fifth ring of…

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What I am reading this week

 A tad late to my attempt at a Thursday/Friday post on great reads for the week but here you go! – Paul French’s annual obituary of the heritage architecture…

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Hunger pangs at Da Fu Gui (大富贵)

The discovery of Shanghainese snackhouse/ restaurant Da Fu Gui (大富贵) was an accidental delight. As adverse I am to crowds, hungry hordes are hard to ignore when delicious (hence popular)…

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What I am reading this week

I’ve decided to add a spot of photos to this segment, just to spice things up a little. I found this young man wandering in the vintage books…

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Winter walking

It was only a few weeks ago, the cold and dampness of Shanghai’s winter had gotten to me in the worst possible way. Hibernation swiftly took over and…

What I am reading this week

Yes, two blog post hugs from me in one day. Hopefully to make up for my absence for the last 2 weeks. Enjoy your weekend. The first photo captivated…