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Food, Wine And Such
3 years ago
lostboys
3 years ago
Shanghai...must be Friday
Shanghai...must be Friday

It's hard to believe I'm in China -

I'm in a busy restaurant almost airborne;  the old building an odd remnant of European colonial times.

The old French concessions lay somewhere behind, the city dark, `The Bund' lights an esplanade 1.8km long: a west bank wall of  52 buildings. The style's unexpected; generally Eclecticist, but sometimes Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic or Baroque. Other buildings are Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts or Art Deco - once the  banks, consulates and trading houses of Europe, the US, Russia and Japan. Ferries, tugs and cruise ships float on a black winding highway, busy barges are low and sparsely-lit, fully laden with heaps of coal. 

My thoughts are broken by a man in a dark suit and a red tie; red flags flutter outside, under a full moon and spotlights. The winelist's a bible, the brews Bordeaux, Barossa, Sonoma and Tuscan. For a moment I lean towards a Zinfandel, then a Merlot or maybe Petit Syrah. But no, I am in China afterall, so I go for a 2013 Silver Heights 'Summit'; a gem I'm assured, from the urban spread of Yinchuan City, in the lee of Helan Mountain: a mix of Cabernets Sauvignon, Gernischet and Franc.

The waiter returns and I holds up the bottle. I peer at the label, the far Pudong shore aglitter with steel and glass - soaring neon towers worthy of Dubai, Doha or Tokyo.   

Photo: Eastern Towers - Pudong, Shanghai, China _ Ian Cochrane

  1. aboreson4 

    I'm guessing this photo was taken at the Peace Hotel. Am I right?

    6/01/15

    1. lostboys 

      Haha Annie, I did wonder if you'd been to Shanghai.
      Almost there -
      http://27bund.com/

      6/02/15

    2. aboreson4 

      I never made it to The House of Roosevelt. Looks incredible. What a treat! Next time I guess...

      6/02/15

  2. rockandrollchemist 

    Excellent post! That's the Pearl TV tower, isn't it? Very iconic. I'll be staying in the Pudong part of the city for my conference but have a dinner planned in the Bund for one of the nights I'll be there. I'm looking forward to the trip...seems it'll be such a different experience than all of my other trips which have either been around the US or to the UK and Europe.

    8/21/15

    1. lostboys 

      That's the one Drew.
      Very different city, definitely a mix of East & West. But the Bund does have that European bent.
      I'm sure you'll have a great time!

      8/21/15

    2. rockandrollchemist 

      I think so, too, Ian! It helps that I'll be with work colleagues who have been there (including my boss who lived in Hong Kong for a spell) and that we have a facility there as well, so I have a lot of Chinese colleagues based in Shanghai who I've already met when they've been over here in the US.

      8/27/15